Assam molestation case: two more arrested

Police have arrested two more suspected culprits from the group that publicly molested and stripped a teenage girl in the main city of Assam last Monday, even as investigations are on to probe charges by an activist that a television journalist had instigated the crowd to go after the victim.

Team Anna member and Assam's farmers' leader Akhil Gogoi Saturday produced before the media six video clippings of the 9 July incident and alleged that a journalist of a Guwahati based news channel [Gaurav Jyoti Neog, a reporter with News Live channel] for instigating the mob to strip the victim in public.

Akhil had submitted the clippings to the Assam DGP and said he would provide the raw video footage of the incident, if required.

'We have arrested another two people, who were also involved in the crime on 9 July. The two - Diganta Basumatary and Nabajyoti Deka were arrested. We are raiding places to trace the other culprits,' said a senior police official.

'We are also looking at the video footage submitted by the activist. We are going to take action against the particular journalist if there are evidences that the he had instigated the mob to go after the victim and molest her,' said the official.

Assam Police also formed a special team to carry out the investigation regarding the molestation case.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women team, who arrived in Guwahati to investigate into the incident Saturday, also pointed loopholes on the part of the police while dealing with the incident.

The two member team of the Commission will meet Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Sunday.


National Commission for Women [NCW] team which visited Guwahati to probe the molestation of a 17-year-old girl will submit its report on Monday.

Expressing deep concern over the 'shameful' act of molestation of a teenager in Guwahati openly, NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma has said here 'the report by the NCW members would be submitted on Monday to the commission'. Action would be taken against the culprits within 10 days of the submission of the report, she told reporters here on Sunday.

NCW members visited the victim and personally met her on Saturday and assessed the entire situation. The team would fly back to Delhi on Sunday and would submit the report on Monday, she said.

Asked about NCW's strategy to check such acts of molestation and harassment against women, she said the commission takes cognizance of such matters and legal awareness camps and training programmes are being organised to address such issues.

Police had said that some girls and boys, apparently known to each other, had entered a bar in Guwahati on Monday night, where they subsequently had a brawl and were forced outside by the establishment's security.

When they came out on the streets, local people taking advantage of the situation pushed and pulled one of the girls and attempted to strip and molest her.
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