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CRPF moves court against Nandigram OC in molest case

CRPF moves court against Nandigram OC in molest case

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 3, 2008
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Kolkata_/CRPF_moves_court_against_Nandigram_OC_in_molest_case/articleshow/3094941.cms

With the winds of change blowing over East Midnapore following the panchayat polls, Nandigram OC and the ruling CPM's blue-eyed boy Debashis Chakrabarty is in a spot.

The CRPF, deployed in Nandigram a day before the polls on May 11, has dragged the OC to court for his alleged attack and molestation of CRPF constable Dimple Sharma.

CRPF assistant commandant Prem Kumar Ravi on Monday slapped charges of physical assault and molestation (Sections 323, 332, 354 of the IPC) against Chakrabarty in his petition before the Haldia subdivisional court.

Additional chief judicial magistrate Arpan Kumar Chattopadhyay took up the petition for hearing and directed SDPO Gourav Sarkar to look into the matter.

Dimple had lodged a police complaint on the day of the elections when the state police force led by the Nandigram OC clashed with the central forces at Garupara.

The incident occurred within hours of CPM MP Lakshman Seth having a spat with CRPF DIG Alok Raj over the movement of the central forces. Two women from Nandigram also brought molestation charges against Raj, but the case became weak after one of them denied being consulted about the complaint. The state administration thereafter played down the charges.

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