Model-turned-actor Ushoshi Sengupta was allegedly chased and harassed by unidentified miscreants near the Jawaharlal Road crossing while returning home from JW Mariott. Seven offenders have been arrested in connection with the incident that took place around 11.40 pm on Monday. The arrests were made on the basis of video grabs provided by Sengupta and CCTV footages.
The 30-year-old said she was returning home along with a colleague in an Uber, which was hit by a few bike-borne youths who dragged the driver out and tried to toughen him up. Speaking to Republic TV, Sengupta said, "The offenders are our country's youth, they were all between the age of 18-25 and they were completely fearless. As a society, it raises a lot of questions. From this incident, we can learn a lot and make our hometown a better and safer place to live in".
When asked about what exactly caused the ordeal, the model-turned-actress said that she was in the backseat with her colleague and was having a conversation when two boys on a motorcycle clashed with the uber. " In the beginning, I thought it is just a road rage and it will get over. I 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.", she said.
Talking about the police action being taken after her Facebook post went viral, Sengupta said, "After it went viral, there were people from the law and the jurisdiction industry who told me that there is a zero FIR that can be lodged at any police station and for that, one does not need to go from one police station to another. I received a lot of help from the top officials of Kolkata after. But, it boils down to the fact of what happened before that and there was a lack of an action at the time."
The matter first came to notice after Sengupta's Facebook post about the harrowing ordeal went viral. In her post, she also questioned how 15 boys were allowed to travel on bikes without a helmet and said that such incidents can happen to anybody.
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