The son of a Trinamool Congress politician was arrested from North 24 Parganas district on 11 July on charges of harassing the daughter of a deputy superintendent of West Bengal police, said police officers dealing with the case.
Arkadip Kundu, the suspect, allegedly posted the victim’s phone number with objectionable photographs on various social media platforms. As a result, the victim was getting phone calls from unknown people for more than a month, an officer from the cybercrime police station in Salt Lake said on condition of anonymity.
The victim registered her police complaint on 12 June. “She said that Kundu was one of her former classmates. The suspect went into hiding. We tracked him down by monitoring the tower location of his mobile phone,” an officer said on condition of anonymity. Non-bailable sections were added to the first information report on 10 July, he said.
The suspect, son of Dipak Kundu, a junior politician of the Trinamool Congress from Uttarpara in District Hooghly, was remanded in police custody for two days after he was produced in a court on 11 July in the afternoon. Police seized two mobile phones from him.
On 12 June, the 20-year-old woman from Salt Lake, the daughter of a senior police officer in West Bengal, had lodged a complaint at the Bidhannagar cybercrime police station. The police started an investigation and found merit in the woman’s complaint and served a notice to the politician’s son.
“My son may have made a mistake. Cops had come to us and we cooperated with them. But I would like a fair probe,” said Dilip Kundu, the ward coordinator. Another Trinamool politician of the district, Dilip Yadav, said, “We have told the cops to conduct a fair inquiry.”
Dipak Kundu could not be contacted.
“I am thankful to the police administration for taking action,” the victim told the media on 11 July evening. Her father earlier alleged that the police were not taking any action because the accused’s father belongs to the ruling party.