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Rishra College case: Accused remanded to 14-day judicial custody

Kolkata: Sahid Hasan Khan, the general secretary of the students' union at Rishra Bidhanchandra College who was caught in a video footage slapping a girl inside the union office, was remanded to 14-day judicial custody on Friday, after he surrendered in a district court in Hooghly.
The court rejected the bail plea moved by the accused counsel. Khan's counsel argued in the court room that the complainant lodged the complaint with the police more than a month after the incident had happened.
The accused's counsel also said that he made a submission that the incident occurred on December 14, while she lodged the complaint with the police on January 18. He also asked why she lodged the FIR so late. He also questioned how molestation can happen in a room where there were so many people.
The public prosecutor told the court that the accused has been booked under a non-bailable charge.
Meanwhile, the victim girl, who is also a member of the students' union at the college, met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday and informed her about the matter.
After her meeting with the Chief Minister, the victim, who is pursuing her graduation, said that Banerjee had given her a patient hearing and assured her help.
It may be mentioned that Partha Chatterjee, Secretary General of Trinamool Congress, had already sought a report from the party's district president in connection with the incident.
A video footage showed that Khan had slapped the girl inside the office of the students' union of the college. The footage was captured in a surveillance camera installed in the office of the students' union. The girl alleged that she was abused both mentally and physically. She said that she was feeling insecure as she was threatened with dire consequences. She also alleged that she was beaten up as she "had not accepted some of his indecent proposals".
A complaint was lodged with Rishra police station by the victim in this connection and the college authorities have assured of looking into the matter once they receive a complaint. It may be mentioned that subsequently after the incident, the accused resigned from the post of general secretary of the students' union and refuted all allegations, claiming that he was being framed for political reasons.

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