Kolkata Police early on Thursday arrested a man on charges of allegedly raping an acquaintance, who works as a singer in a bar here, at gunpoint. The accused, Abhijit Sarkar, who had allegedly raped the bar singer on August 10, had been absconding. Acting on a tip off, he was arrested from his Kankurgachi residence, police said.
In her complaint, the woman had claimed that Sarkar, who had been friends with her, had taken her to a hotel on August 10. There he told the woman that he wanted to get into a physical relationship with her. When she declined, Sarkar held her at gunpoint and raped her, police sources said quoting the complaint.
They said that Sarkar, during interrogation told police that the girl had demanded Rs 50,000 from him for entering into a physical relationship. “He told us that he was ready to pay Rs 40,000 but the woman wanted more following which he had forced himself upon her,” said an official.
The woman had filed a complaint at the Bidhannagar (north) police station the next day.