A young couple was allegedly taunted and manhandled by a group of elderly men travelling in Kolkata Metro, and subsequently beaten up by a mob at Dum Dum station, for what the crowd claimed was displaying affection in public, according to a witness.
The incident took place on Monday night. On Tuesday, a large number of youths staged protests outside Dum Dum Metro station, demanding arrest of the people who had allegedly beaten up the couple.
A journalist working with a Bangla daily, who witnessed the incident, said the train was crowded and the couple, in their mid-twenties, were standing in the portion reserved for senior citizens. The young man, the journalist said, tried to guard the woman from others by keeping his hands on her shoulder, which an elderly man found offensive, sparking off a row, which reportedly got uglier.
No complaint has been registered yet, police said.
Metro officials also said they have not received any complaint in this connection. Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee told The Indian Express that they did not find anything untoward in the CCTV footage.
Banerjee said, “We scanned every frame of the CCTV footage. All movements were completely normal. We also spoke to RPF and security officials on duty — no one saw anything.”
The journalist said, “The couple initially had a heated argument with some people inside the Metro, but they were beaten up after they got down at Dum Dum station. They managed to save themselves only after a few youngsters intervened.”
Once on Dum Dum platform, the journalist said, the man was kicked and punched on his face, and when the woman tried to save him, she too was beaten up.