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Greater Noida: Professor molested on bus, police book conductor, helper

The woman, a Ghaziabad resident, dialled the police helpline number after her co-passengers did not respond to her requests for help

noida Updated: Jun 09, 2017 22:57 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times
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The bus was intercepted by the police near the Jewar toll plaza.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File)

Last week, a 35-year-old woman professor from a private university in the city was allegedly molested by the conductor and helper of a bus on which she travelling to Greater Noida from Lucknow.

The woman immediately called the police helpline number and the bus was intercepted by the police near the Jewar toll plaza.

The woman, a resident of Ghaziabad, was travelling alone when the conductor and helper started misbehaving with her. She tried asking for help from her co-passengers but nobody came to her aid. She then called on the police helpline number 100. The incident took place in the wee hours when the bus was crossing Mathura toll plaza.

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Jewar police’s patrolling van was immediately informed by the control room. The police acted quickly and stopped the bus near the toll plaza. The bus was taken to the police station and a case was registered against the helper and conductor of the vehicle. The accused have been booked under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code.

“We got a call from a distressed woman travelling on a bus from Lucknow. We were informed by the control room and our patrolling van intercepted the bus. The bus was taken to the police station and the accused were arrested. Women safety is our priority and we are taking all the efforts to stop such incidents,” said Suniti, superintendent of police, rural.

“The co-passengers confirmed the incident. The accused were arrested and produced before the court. The duo has been sent to judicial custody,” said Rajpal Tomar, station house officer.

The Noida police has been trying to maintain law and order in the area after the recent instructions from chief minister Yogi Adityanath Yogi in the wake of the Jewar ‘rape’ robbery and murder case.

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“After that tragic incident, we have increased the number of patrolling vans and stepped up vigil on roads to keep a tab on anti-social elements. In the coming days, more measures will be taken for women safety,” Suniti said.

On May 25, around 1.30am, eight members of the family travelling in a car from Jewar to Bulandshahr were stopped on the Jewar-Bulandshahr road by six men. The gang looted around Rs50,000 cash and valuables and shot dead a man who tried to resist them. They also allegedly dragged the four women to a nearby field and gang-raped them.

First Published: Jun 09, 2017 22:35 IST