Guwahati molestation: Main accused arrested in Uttar Pradesh

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Amar Jyoti Kalita
Lucknow, Jul 23: The main accused of Guwahati molestation case, Amar Jyoti Kalita has been arrested in Varanasi and is under Uttar Pradesh police custody. Though, other sources claim that he himself surrendered before the police on Monday, Jul 23.

Earlier, media reports claimed that Kalita was seen in the footage of a CCTV camera in Howrah, West Bengal. The recording dates back to Friday.

Kalita was on the run for the past two weeks. On the night of Jul 9, he was among those who molested a young woman outside a bar in Guwahati. The incident was filmed by journalists of a local channel, News Live, and telecast on Jul 10.

The video was uploaded on YouTube too and went viral, triggering nationwide outrage. Gaurav Jyoti Neog, the reporter of News Live who instigated the molesters against the victim, had to resign after an RTI activist - Akhil Gogoi exposed his role.

Neog was arrested last week. He and Kalita are said to be friends. The channel's editor, Atanu Bhuyan also quit because his position had become untenable in view of the allegations that News Live had stage managed the whole thing to get high TRPs.

Assam police have already picked up 11 of the accused in the case but Kalita managed to evade arrest till Monday. However, UP police sources also informed that they are trying to confirm the identity of the person over some confusions about Kalita's identity.

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