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Kolkata: Former Miss India, Uber driver attacked by mob, Fardin Khan, Sheik Rahit, and 5 others arrested

In her post, Sengupta has also written about the reluctance and apathy of police officials at the Police Stations to file a report or help the victims.

In a horrific incident in Kolkata, former Miss India Universe Ushoshi Sengupta has been allegedly dragged out of her car and attacked by seven men raising further concerns about the increasingly deteriorating state of law and order in the West Bengal.

Ushoshi Sengupta, a former Miss India Universe, narrated her ordeal in a Facebook post including sharing some videos, where it can be seen that her cab was attacked on Monday night by a group of people.

According to Sengupta’s post, the incident took place at around 11.30pm when some men on a two-wheeler followed and hit the cab in which Sengupta and her colleague were travelling. Within moments, about 15 men appeared at the scene and started banging on the car windows, said Sengupta.

“Last night 17th June 2019 at around 11:40 pm I took an uber from JW Marriott Kolkata. I was accompanied by my colleague. We were taking a left turn from the Exide crossing towards Elgin while few boys in a bike (without helmets) came and hit the Uber. To which they stopped the bike and started yelling at the driver.

“In a fraction of second there were 15 boys and they all started banging the car window and dragging the driver out. They dragged the driver and started beating him up. This is when I stepped out and started shouting taking a video of the incident,” Sengupta wrote in a Facebook post which has gone viral.

“The boys followed us till my colleague’s house and right when we were dropping him near lake gardens govt housing, 6 of the boys in 3 bikes came and stopped my car, threw stones, broke the car. Dragged me out and tried to break my phone to delete the video. My colleague jumped out of fear and I was completely shaken. I came out started shouting by now the locals had come out,” she said.

Shockingly, according to Sengupta’s post, police officials at Maidan police station did not come to her help despite her cry for help as it was not under their jurisdiction and instead asked her to go to Bhawanipore Police station.

“I ran across the street to Maidan Police station, I saw an officer standing and I requested him to come with me, he told me that this is not under them but under the jurisdiction of Bhawanipore Police station. This is when I broke down I begged them to come or else the boys would have killed the driver,” said Sengupta.

In her post, Sengupta has also written about the reluctance of police officials at the Charu Market Police Station to file a report, who said Sengupta to do the same only at Bhawanipore Police Station where the incident had taken place.

“At this point, I gave up and started shouting. 1:30 am. No female police officer at the station. After raising a lot of questions the officer took my complaint but refused to take the uber drivers to complain stating that 2 FIR’s can’t be taken for the same complaint. And he told me that it’s against the law. My Uber driver insisted that he wants to do (file) the complaint but the officers didn’t take it. I am attaching the video of the mob and the picture of the broken car,” she wrote.

After Sengupta’s Facebook post went viral, the Kolkata police finally swung into action and arrested seven men, Sheik Rahit, Fardin Khan, Sk. Sabir Ali, Sk. Gani, Sk. Imran Ali, Sk. Wasim and Atif Khan, for allegedly harassing the complainant, assaulting an Uber driver and vandalising the cab. A detailed inquiry is going on into the case, said Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police, Crime, Praveen Tripathi said.

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