Kolkata: Model-actor Aritri Bhattacharya, a well-known face in TV commercials and serials¸ was reportedly stripped and molested in the presence of a politician in West Bengal’s Chandernagore on September 20. Her mother was also beaten up by the attackers.

According to Aritri, attacker stripped her and tried to rape in front of the crowd, but somehow she managed to fight off.

There were also reports that police ignored her complaint, although the victims had bleeding injuries. Chandernagore OC Sukhomoy Chakraborty was allegedly reluctant to file an FIR. He had also asked the model to settle the matter ‘mutually’.

Police arrested the accused on September 24 but allowed him to walk free within hours.

The model said that the accused is now threatening an acid attack on her.

Aritri was among the Miss India Top 22 in 2006. Three years ago, her family bought a ground-floor flat in Chandernagore. At present, she stays with her husband Mrinmoy and parents in the same flat.

According to Aritri, builders of her apartment, Suri and Ashis Mukherjee, live in the same apartment. They have an office on the same floor, next to her bedroom. Every day, the developers create a nuisance in their office.

Jyoti, mother of Ariti alleged that on September 20, Suri's driver Nishad was loitering in front of the flat in a drunken state. Later, Nishad started throwing actor's garments that were hung out to dry. When Aritri tried to stop him, Nishad hit her with a stick and tore her T-shirt and jeans in front of Mukherjee and Suri.

(JPN/Bureau)

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