KOLKATA: Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee’s niece allegedly assaulted a police officer and even snatched his official pocket-book after breaking traffic rules on Friday near Rashbehari crossing, said police.
According to the police officials, the 24-year-old Debapriya Chatterjee was travelling in a car along with her four friends when the car hit a pedestrian at the Rashbehari crossing around 10:30 pm following which the traffic police stopped the car and asked them to step out. The woman then started abusing him for stopping her car. But all of them were allowed to go after being slapped with fine.
The car jumped a traffic signal before hitting the pedestrian but no one got serious injuries, said traffic department officer.
The traffic police Chandan Pandey claimed, “She pushed me and asked who you are to stop me and took my official pocket-book. She also said that she was the niece of Mayor. ”
During the argument, more police rushed to the spot and asked the male friends to Tollygunge police station but the women argued and asked what their fault was. However, officers said, no charges were booked against the duo as they were not involved in this clash.
Women could not be arrested after the sunset, said a senior officer, adding they were handed over to their guardians.
The police booked Mayor’s niece and her two female friends on a non-bailable charge of assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty under section 353.
Meanwhile, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said, “The law will take its own course. Police are free to take action. I hope the matter is proposed properly. ”