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Swimming coach Surajit Ganguly accused of rape brought back to Goa

Orissa Post 2019-09-08 08:31:43

Panaji: Swimming coach Surajit Ganguly, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl training under him, was brought here late Saturday night after the state police was granted three-day transit custody of the accused by a Delhi court.

Surajit Ganguly, who had been on the run since the case was registered, was arrested Friday from the Kashmiri Gate area in New Delhi. He had been on the run since the allegations surfaced against him on the social media Thursday.

“The accused was produced before Tis Hajari court in New Delhi which remanded him in a three-day transit remand of Goa police Saturday noon,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gajanan Prabhudesai, said.

Surajit Ganguly was employed with the Goa Swimming Association when the alleged incident took place in Mapusa.

The father of the girl had approached Rishra police station in Hooghly district of West Bengal against Ganguly, a senior police officer had said. He said the police had obtained a complaint from West Bengal police via e-mail and registered an FIR.

Ganguly has been booked under section 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Goa Children’s Act.

“The accused will be produced before a local magistrate today (Sunday), where we will be seeking police custody,” another police official said.

The victim has accused Ganguly, who had served as the chief coach of the Swimming Association of Goa for nearly two-and-a-half years, of molesting her.

The complaint followed hours after a video of the coach, who has since been banned by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI), allegedly molesting the minor girl went viral on social media, Thursday, sparking uproar across the country.