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A young woman was allegedly harassed and abused by a group of youths at Shibpur area of Howrah late on Wednesday. The 24-year-old woman had been returning home from the market in Shibpur when, according to eyewitnesses, a local youth pushed her.
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An argument broke out between the woman and the accused, who was accompanied by a few other youths.
As they reportedly started abusing her, the woman protested. Following this, one of the youths tried to pull her towards them.
Ahsraf Jawed, the local CPM councillor of ward 31 of the Howrah Municipal Corporation,who had been present in the area at the time of the incident, intervened. “I was coincidentally present there, and I tried to intervene. These youths are anti-socials, and they were carrying a low-intensity bomb with them. They threatened and threw glass bottles at us,” said Jawed.
Sources said locals began protesting against the miscreants, following which they fled. Later, the woman lodged a complaint at Shibpur police station.
“These miscreants are often seen extorting money from various people like vegetable sellers and businessmen, and complaints have been lodged against them on several occasions. But they always manage to get bail,” Jawed said.
When contacted, a police officer said: “We are taking the statement of the victim. It is too early to ascertain whether the group of accused are repeat offenders.”