The incident, which occurred in Kotla Mubarakpur area on January 25 evening, came to light following an uproar over the death of a student from northeast, Nido Tania, who was allegedly assaulted by shopkeepers on January 29.
    
Facing criticism over "delay" in filing an FIR and alleged inaction, police on Sunday arrested a 32-year-old man from Kotla Mubarakpur area, seven days after the incident. The accused, Prem Chand, is a resident of Kotla Mubarakpur area. Police have booked him under sections of SC/ST Act, besides various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the case after a supplementary statement by victims' male friend was filed four days later.
    
According to police, the two women were beaten up by a group of men, who were in their late 20s. One of the victims, who worked at a shopping mall, had gone to buy some Manipuri herbs from a shop, owned by her acquaintance from north-eastern region at around 9.30 pm on the day. When she reached the shop a youth came with a pet dog.
    
As the stretch, in which shop was situated, was reportedly narrow, the leash of the dog got entangled with the woman's shoes. She got frightened and in panic kicked the animal to get rid of it, according to the compliant.     

While the dog fled from the spot, the youth started arguing with the woman after which her friend who is the shop owner also intervened. Around this time, Chand, the owner of the dog, also came to the spot and the argument turned violent. Chand, along with some locals, started beating both the women.
    
The women were reportedly not only thrashed but also molested in full public view. Locals also allegedly hurled lewd and raciest remarks at the victims. The two victims alleged that none of the locals came to help them and when they reached the police station to lodge an FIR, policemen were initially reluctant to register a case.

(Agencies)

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