Kolkata: Two college students were arrested from behind Asutosh College after they allegedly abused the principal of a reputable south Kolkata school and assaulted her son and driver on Monday afternoon.
The incident took place on the one-way Rajeshwar Das Gupta Road off the Hazra crossing, when the school principal was returning home after consulting a doctor and the accused drove in from the opposite direction, violating rules, leading to a road rage, police said.
The accused have been identified as Subhas Mahato (23) and Monu Mahato (24), who live in the Judges Court Road area. “A case of hurt, wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation has been initiated,” said an investigating officer, adding a third accused has managed to flee.
Residents of the area rallied around the victims, alleging some youngsters regularly hung around in the area, creating nuisance. Cops said they were willing to speak to locals to sort out the issues but called the incident a road rage. “I was returning after seeing a doctor and undergoing a few tests. As we entered our lane, a car came in from the opposite direction, blocking our way — though it’s a one-way stretch. As I was not well and had a meeting to join afterwards, I asked my driver to back the car and let the other one pass. My 30-year-old son, too, did not respond. My driver only told the man behind the wheel that he was on the wrong side of a one-way street. My driver was immediately pulled out of the car, abused and hit. When my son protested, sitting inside the car, he, too, was pulled out and abused. All this happened in my own neighbourhood. The accused then called up some of his friends. They began assaulting both my son and the driver,” said the principal. “This started because one of the young men, who kept mentioning he was a student of a south Kolkata college and a resident of Judges Court Road, had apparently borrowed a red car and was showing it off to his friends.”
The woman then approached the police. “By the time police arrived, two of the main accused had fled,” said the principal. “This has been going on for far too long. We have seen youngsters drinking here openly. I nurture young people, I live among youngsters, I cannot accept this deep degeneration I witnessed.”
Debajyoti Halder, who lives nearby, said youngsters from different parts of south Kolkata gather in the evening and continue to hang around till late. “Not many look like students,” he said.
Cops pointed out that it was not known to all that the road behind Asutosh College was one-way. “We will speak to KMC and arrange proper road furniture to indicate it. We arrested the accused shortly,” said an officer from the south division.