Model-turned-actor Ushoshi Sengupta was allegedly chased and harassed by unidentified miscreants near the Jawaharlal Road crossing while returning home from work, police said on Tuesday.
Seven persons have been arrested in connection with the incident that took place around 11.40 pm on Monday, they said.
The arrests were made on the basis of video grabs provided by Sengupta and CCTV footages. Sengupta, 30, said she was returning home along with a colleague in an app-based cab, which was hit by a few bike- borne youths who dragged the driver out and roughed him up.
Talking to Republic TV, Ushoshi said: "My Uber driver got into a clash with two boys on a motorcycle. In the beginning I thought it is just a road rage and it will get over. Me and my colleague were in the back seat and contemplating whether to react or not. Suddenly there were some 15 boys came out of nowhere and they tried to drag my driver out and started beating him up.
Another guy came to snatch my phone but I somehow managed to take it back. I saw a police station and informed but they refused as it didn't come under their jurisdiction."
So, was Ushoshi content with the action taken by Kolkata Police station?
She said: "I am happy with the fact that the people who committed this crime were arrested. But if you look at them, they are only 18-25 year old boys. Having said that, the actions was only taken once the post went viral and the top officials of Kolkata Police got involved.
I don't think the issue is about women safety. It is about the safety of people. I could have continued sitting in the car and nothing would have happened but my Uber driver was getting beating up. I had to stand up for him. I am shocked to see how some media houses have written wrong things.
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In another Facebook post, clearing her stance for those who misquoted her, she wrote:
I am really shocked by the way few Media houses are reporting this whole incident. Don’t dilute fact and take the whole point to focus on sensationalising the news. ME AND MY COLLEAGUE WERE IN THE CAR AND A MOB WAS BEATING UP MY UBER DRIVER WHILE I STOOD UP FOR THE ACT! NEITHER ME NOR MY COLLEAGUE WITH ME WERE MOLESTED.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT WOMEN SAFETY THIS IS ABOUT PEOPLE SAFETY!
MOLESTATION IS A DIFFERENT CRIME THIS IS ABOUT HARRASSMENT AND SECURITY.
All my friends in media PLEASE USE THE RIGHT HEADLINES TO REPORT THE EXTREME CRIME THATS HAPPENING AGAINST PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY/STATE . DONT DILUTE THE FACT
TO SUGGEST FEW HEADLINES
1.”UBER DRIVER BEATEAN UP , MISS INDIA STOOD UP FOR IT”
2.PEOPLE SAFETY AT STAKE IN OUR COUNTRY.
3. MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT A MAN BEING BEATEN BY A MOB , USHOSHI STANDS UP!!
DONT SENSATIONALISE THE NEWS AND DILUTE THE WHOLE PURPOSE!!!
Uber I would also request you to take this up as it’s about the safety of your people."
Narrating the incident, Ushoshi said: "A few boys on a bike without any helmet hit our cab at Exide intersection and Jawaharlal Road crossing... Around 15 boys appeared from nowhere and dragged the driver out, started beating him up. This is when I stepped out and started shouting, calling the police and simultaneously started taking video of the entire incident," she said.
She claimed that officers of the nearest Maidan Police Station initially did not come for help despite her repeated requests.
"However, some officers of Maidan Police Station reached the spot only to be pushed by the boys before fleeing," Sengupta said.
She said that around six boys on three bikes followed the cab near the Lake Gardens area in south Kolkata, where she dropped her colleague home.
"They stopped my car, threw stones and dragged me out and tried to break my phone to delete the video. My colleague jumped out out of fear and I started shouting to attract some locals' attention there.
"I managed to telephone my dad and my sister at my residence in the next lane when they escaped," Sengupta said. The actor also alleged that officers at the nearby Charu Market Police Station refused to take any complaint and advised her to, instead, approach the Bhawanipore Police Station.
The Kolkata Police on Tuesday said it has arrested the seven persons and also initiated an inquiry into the alleged non-registration of FIR.
"We have taken this incident very seriously and seven persons have been arrested so far. On the order of the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, an inquiry regarding the non-registration of FIR has been initiated into this incident, at a very senior level," the Kolkata Police wrote on its Twitter handle.
When contacted, a senior police officer said, "Those arrested seem to be locals who have been violating traffic rules for quite some time. We are hopeful of nabbing the others from the CCTV footages of the surrounding areas."
(With inputs from PTI)
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