Guwahati molestation case: 13 accused get bail



Guwahati: Thirteen persons, accused of molesting a girl outside a bar here, have been granted bail by a court.

The Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate on Tuesday granted bail to Nabajyoti Baruah, Jitumoni Deka, Nabajit Deka, Dipak Deb, Puspendra Das, Dhanraj Basfor, Rubul Ali, Hafizuddin, Sikandar Basfor, Diganta Basumatary, Debo Das, Rupkanta Kalita and Ghanashyam Malik.

While prime accused, Amarjyoti Kalita's, bail application was pending before the Gauhati High Court and is scheduled to come up tomorrow, journalist of a local television channel Gaurab Jyoti Neog, an accused in the case, was granted bail by the high court on August 13.

The CJM ordered that the trial of the case would proceed on a day-to-day basis from September 18.

The Special Investigation Team of the Assam Police after completing investigations, had filed a charge sheet on September 4 before the CJM's court against 15 persons, under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 294 (obscene acts), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 354 (outraging of modesty of woman with criminal force) of IPC.

The court in pursuance of an order passed by the Gauhati High Court on July 30 had observed that since the present case fell in the special category involving social concern therefore, it should be put on fast track and efforts would be made to dispose of it within one month.

The girl was allegedly assaulted and molested by a mob outside a bar on the busy G S Road on July 9 which was captured on camera leading to a national furore.

PTI