Sealdah SRP Badana Varun Chandrasekhar told TOI on Tuesday that they were making every attempt to identify the assailant and had already taken a number of steps to prevent such an incident in future. “It is not possible to post guards on every train but now, we are trying to ensure guards on some of the late-night trains, especially at the fag end of the journey. Further, we are also strengthening our force at stations, especially near ladies’ compartments. We are also deploying more policemen in uniform at night to deter criminals and increase the presence of cops on trains and platforms,” said Chandrasekhar.
The officer added they were questioning a number of people who frequented trains and stations at night for any lead into the case. The sketch prepared was based on the description provided by the woman. “Since the incident took place more than a month ago, it is getting a bit difficult to track the assailant down but we are trying every means to identify him and nab him at the earliest,” said the officer.
TOI had reported last Saturday how the 24-year-old sales executive was thrown off a moving train between Park Circus and Sealdah stations when she tried to pull the chain and scream for help, when a youth in his early twenties accosted her and another woman in a nearempty compartment.
The incident, the woman claimed had happened in the evening of January 29. It was only on February 26 that she took to Facebook to describe her ordeal and shared some images of her bruised face, injuries on her hand and stitches on her head, after she got a bit better. She lodged a formal complaint with the Sealdah GRP last Sunday.
“I don’t want anyone else to suffer the kind of mental and physical trauma I had to undergo over these past few weeks. I don’t know if my assailant can ever be arrested and if I would get justice but all I want is that the police should be more proactive and increase policing of ladies’ compartments, especially at night and ensure such incidents do not happen with anyone else,” said the victim, who is still recuperating at her home in Ranaghat.