Officer accused of assault
KURSEONG, 21 Mar 2014: The Darjeeling police have initiated an inquiry into the alleged assault on two women at the Sonada police outpost by an officer.
On March 18, Mary Biswakarma (23) filed a complaint with the Jorebunglow police station stating the officer-in-charge of Sonada police outpost had beaten her up including her sister with a stick.
Talking to reporters today, Mary said there had been a family dispute following which she had written a complaint against her mother on March 17 with the Sonada police. The next day, the two sisters were summoned to the outpost where Mary’s mother was also present. A quarrel ensued inside the outpost between the mother and her daughters (Mary and her 17-year-old sister Neha Biswakarma). All of a sudden, Sonada police outpost OC M Das heckled the siblings and started beating them with a stick after closing the room, alleged Mary.
In response, Das said the father of the sisters had filed a complaint stating his wife had eloped with a man named Bikash Rai on March 17 after which gold ornaments and some cash had gone missing. The police summoned the girls’ mother and Bikash to the outpost and also called the father and sister trio. But as soon as the daughters sighted their mother, they pounced on her and a lady constable had to be called who failed to control the situation. It was then that Das raised his stick in warning, but he did not use it, he claimed.
The OC said a case under section 498A has been filed against the father based on a complaint by his estranged wife who has accused him of torturing her over the past five years. Sections 323, 506 and 34 have also been filed against all the five people following the scuffle inside the outpost.
A senior police official has said an inquiry has started and the matter will soon be resolved.
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