Swimming coach Surajit Ganguly, who was terminated after a video of him allegedly molesting a minor went viral, was on Thursday booked for rape and criminal intimidation besides offences under the POCSO Act. Goa Swimming Association president Digambar Kamat confirmed Ganguly’s termination and said a letter was sent on Wednesday evening to concerned authorities to ensure the alleged accused was removed from the roster.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs & Sports Kiran Rijiju took to Twitter to assure stringent action against the coach. “I’ve taken a strong view of the incident. The Goa Swimming Association has terminated the contract of coach Surajit Ganguly. I’m asking the Swimming Federation of India to ensure that this coach is not employed anywhere in India. This applies to all Federations & disciplines,” he tweeted.
The coach has been booked under Sections 376, 472, 354, 506(2) of the Indian Penal Code, section 6(8) of POCSO Act and section 8 of Goa Children’s Act.
“Two years ago he was brought in by some parents who wanted their children trained by him. He is not in any of our associations or employed by us. He was allotted a few lanes and specific hours at the training swimming pool in Goa. When this video surfaced we immediately got acting and by evening the termination was sought. He will not enter any pools under the federation anymore,” Kamat said.
He added that there is a shortage of swimming coaches in Goa “but when the video surfaced we didn’t waste time and action was taken.”