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Ghaziabad: Hapur police arrest five for harassing young couple, shooting their video

According to Hapur police, the video, about two minutes long, was shot by the accused men themselves after they cornered a young couple near the canal and misbehaved with them

noida Updated: Feb 14, 2018 21:48 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Hapur police took suo motu cognizance of the incident after the video surfaced on social media.

Five men were arrested by the Hapur police from Simbhaoli after their two-and-half-month-old video was widely shared on social media recently. The video purportedly shows the accused men molesting and harassing a young couple near a canal in Hapur’s Simbhaoli.

According to Hapur police, the video, about two minutes long, was shot by the accused men themselves after they cornered a young couple near the canal and misbehaved with them. The video also shows the woman and the man pleading with the accused to let them go but they blocked their way and one of the accused allegedly groped the woman.

“The video is over two months old and the incident came to light after the video was widely shared on social media. The accused had themselves prepared the video and later they gave it some others who put in online. Once the video was brought to our attention, we lodged an FIR and traced the five men,” Hemant Kutiyal, superintendent of police (SP), Hapur, said.

“The video showed six men but only five were involved in the incident. They were arrested and sent to jail. We have lodged the FIR under appropriate sections,” the SP said.

The video was shot during daytime and the accused can be allegedly seen questioning the man as to why the two was roaming about a secluded area. Later, they allegedly abused the couple and forced the man to call up his village head after asking him about his caste. Some of the men also questioned the man as to why he had brought the woman to that place instead of “taking her to a hotel”, the police said.

During the entire incident, they did not pay heed to the couple’s requests to let them go and one of them also slapped the woman while the other groped her from behind, the police said.

The police took suo motu cognizance of the matter and lodged an FIR charging the five men with molestation and harassment. The five have also been booked under the provisions of the SC/ST Act and the IT Act at the Simbhaoli police station. The couple is yet to come forward with a complaint, police said.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 21:48 IST