Why no arrest of Central Force soldier accused of molestation, Bengal panel asks polling station

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The polling station transferred a soldier accused of assaulting a minor.

Calcutta:

The West Bengal Child Welfare Commission (WBCPC) wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday to inquire about the reasons for the “transfer” of a central jawan force accused of assaulting a girl minor, without stopping it under the strict POCSO law.

Panel leader Ananya Chakraborti said she also asked the Hooghly Rural Police District for an explanation as to why the accused was released.

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A central Jawan force, which is on voting service in the state, allegedly assaulted a Grade 10 student in Tarakeswar in Hooghly district on Monday evening as she was on her way to a friend’s house.

The polling station removed the accused Jawan from his post after receiving complaints about it.

Ms Chakraborty said the voting committee also transferred him and seven other jawans from her unit.

“I visited the victim yesterday in Tarakeswar. She told me that she would be able to identify the accused Jawan. Her version is different since the investigator told me that the victim is unable to “Identify the accused. How can they release the accused? jawan?” Ms. Chakraborti told PTI.

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She was also surprised that although the victim was a minor, the jawan was not registered under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO).

“The Commission is surprised to learn that the defendants have been allowed to leave for their next destination without proper identification and investigation. The silence of the ECI is a source of great concern and shock to the Commission.

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“One of the eight is the accused and the allegations against him fall under the provisions of the POCSO law and he should have been identified and arrested,” said a statement released by the WBCPC.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused Central Force personnel of assaulting women and beating people during the current assembly elections.

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