The incident happened around 8.30pm when the woman had boarded a bus, plying on the route KB 16, near her office in Sector V to reach her rented accommodation in New Town. Her tormentor had also boarded the bus from Sector V.
“The woman stated she had been too tired after the day’s work that she had dozed off shortly after getting a window seat on the bus. She sat on a seat reserved for women. The seat next to her was empty and the man allegedly sat there and soon had started touching her inappropriately,” said an officer of New Town police station.
The woman said she had initially thought it was the man’s bag that was brushing against her body but then she turned her head to find the man fondling her with his hands and she immediately protested. The woman asked the driver to stop and shouted at the man who then got off the bus and started running in the opposite direction.
The woman also alighted from the bus and chased the man before she spotted two officers of New Town traffic guard at the Biswa Bangla gate crossing. She narrated her ordeal to them. The officers joined her in the chase and finally nabbed the accused with the help of some local Toto drivers.
“The man was trying to escape but the woman was brave enough to chase and then seek our help. We nabbed him shortly and took him to New Town police station. The woman lodged a complaint with the police station and subsequently, the man was arrested,” said a traffic cop in New Town, who was at the spot on Monday night.
Cops identified the man as Mohammed Taj, a resident of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, who works at a private firm in Sector V. Cops booked him under IPC sections 354 (molestation) and 354 D (stalking) that can amount to a maximum imprisonment of five years if found guilty.
He was produced in a Barasat court on Tuesday and his lawyers pleaded that he was innocent. The lawyers claimed that the man didn’t have any intention to outrage the modesty of the woman. The man was granted bail by the court.
(With inputs from Mayukh Sengupta)