KP Officer Suspended On Model Harassment Case

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Kolkata: A police officer in Kolkata has been suspended and two others have been served with show-cause notices for not acting promptly on the complaint by model Ushoshi Sengupta as some men harassed her on the city streets recently.

The one suspended is Pijush Kumar Pal, a sub-inspector (SI) at Charu Market police station in south Kolkata. Assistant sub-inspector Partha Chatterjee of Maidan police station and Menon Majumdar of Bhowanipore police station has been issued the show-cause notice.

The action came today 19 June after a probe panel headed by deputy commissioner (south) Meraj Khalid furnished its preliminary report to Lalbazar. The report indicted the trio for flouting standard operating procedure as regards handling of such complaints. Kolkata Police had set up the panel as soon as the matter was reported in the media yesterday.

Sengupta, 30, who is a former Miss Universe India, faced the harassment by a group 10 youths as she was returning home from JW Marriot Hotel on EM Bypass in an Uber can around midnight on 17 June.

According to her, her cab was hit by a speeding motorcycle near the Exide Crossing. Following this, the motorcyclist and his friends, who were on other motorcycles, dragged out the Uber driver and began thrashing him.

As this continued, Sengupta shot a video of the youths and rushed to the nearby Maidan police station urging for help. ASI Chatterjee asked her to approach Bhowanipore police station under whose jurisdiction falls the area. Sengupta then called up Bhowanipore police station but by the time a team led by ASI Majumdar reached, the youths fled.