Image: A view of the protest at Tollygunge Metro station on Wednesday.
Kolkata: Waking up to the assaults on a young couple at Dum Dum Metro station on 30 April night for hugging each-other inside a train, Metro Railway authorities have today lodged an FIR against the assaulters.
The FIR lodged at Sinthee police station, however, does not mention the names of the assaulters as Metro Railway authorities have not been able to identify them for want of a clear CCTV footage.
Metro Railway general manager Ajay Vijayvargiya told a news conference this afternoon that they hope, police, with the help of the assaulted couple and their rescuers would be able to nab the section of co-passengers who had served slaps and punches on the couple for hugging each-other in a New Garia-Dum Dum train on Monday night.
“There is no CCTV coverage at the spot where the assault took place on 30 April night. But the footage from another CCTV camera, which is installed at some distance, shows a gathering of people at Belgachia-end of Dum Dum Metro station at 9.55 pm and it is clear that something untoward had happened,” Vijayvargiya said.
Clarifying that Metro Railway is against any sort of moral policing on its premises, Vijayvargiya assured that more CCTV cameras will be installed to cover the shadow zones.
The FIR by Metro Railway comes on a day hundreds of youngsters from different parts of Kolkata gathered at the Tollygunge Metro station in the afternoon against the assault. They carried placards splashed with #HokAlingan (Lets Hug) and many of them even hugged each-other to ascertain the liberal space that Kolkata has been known for.
Cadres of CPI-M’s student wing SFI held a demonstration at Dum Dum Metro station in the afternoon demanding the arrest of the assaulters at the earliest. It may be mentioned that it was a group of middle-aged and elderly men who had assaulted the couple as they thought hugging inside a Metro train is “objectionable.”