A job aspirant was allegedly raped in a hotel room after being called for an interview. The incident took place in Hotel Marina at Beniapukur.
Police said that the woman is a resident of South 24 Parganas and she had lodged a complaint with the police against one Chittaranjan Patra, who is originally a resident of Odisha.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the woman came in touch with the accused through social media. Initially, they used to chat through a social networking site and later the woman had telephonic conversation with the person two to three times. While speaking with him over the phone for a second time, the woman had sought his help to get a job.
According to the complainant, the accused had assured her of providing all help to get a job and had asked her to meet him in Hotel Marina for an interview. She told the police that he had asked her to come in a proper formal dress for the interview and also to carry a bio-data as well.
A police officer said that she was asked why she had entered the hotel room without knowing the person well. “In reply she said that she had entered the room considering that there could be some more people who were called for the interview and thought that they were present inside the room. She claimed that she was raped soon after entering the room by Chittaranjan,” a police officer said.
After going through the visitors’ register of the hotel, police found that Chittaranjan had entered his name as S Sahoo and booked room number F-4. Moreover, it was found in footages of surveillance cameras that four persons including Chittaranjan entered the room. The woman had entered later.
The hotel employees told the police that they had not heard any cries for help from inside the room. Moreover, they had not found anything suspicious in the behaviour of the four persons. The police are, however, now trying to verify the statement of the hotel employees.
Nuruddin Siddiqui, receptionist of the hotel, said that the four persons had checked into the hotel at around 12.15 pm on Wednesday and the woman had come in the evening. All the four persons had claimed that they had come from Odisha for some business purpose.
But the police suspect that the hotel authorities were trying to suppress certain facts as it would not be possible for the accused to flee after committing such a crime without being helped by any of the people in the hotel. Thus the investigating officers interrogated employees of the hotel for a long time.
The police have identified the accused after going through the footages of the surveillance cameras and search has been initiated to arrest them.