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Rape-accused swimming coach sent to judicial custody



Swimming coach Surajit Ganguly, who has been arrested by Mapusa police for allegedly raping a minor girl training under him in Goa, was on Friday sent to judicial custody by the Mapusa JMFC and later lodged in modern central jail at Colvale.

Meanwhile, the team of Mapusa police that had travelled to West Bengal to record statement of victim and her parents has completed process of recording statement and has returned back.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Gajanan Prabhudesai informed, “that Ganguly’s presence is not required by us as we have completed his part of investigation and once we complete remaining part of investigation, we will file a charge-sheet by end of this month or early next month.”

It may be recalled that on September 5, the Mapusa police had registered an offence against Ganguly after a two-page complaint written in Bengali was filed by the victim’s father. The complaint was emailed to the Mapusa police by the Rishra police station in Hoogly district of West Bengal.

Police have booked Ganguly under Section 451 (trespass), Section 354 (molestation), Section 376 (rape) and Section 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code; Section 8 of the Goa Children’s Act and sections 6 and 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences  Act. Police said that the accused had molested the girl between March 14 and August 28 this year when she was training under him. 

In this connection, Ganguly was arrested in New Delhi. Mapusa police is further investigating the case.

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