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Noida woman held for slapping guard over ‘delay in opening gate’ gets off after paying fine

Video of incident is viral and case was registered against the woman at Phase 3 police station in Noida on complaint from the security guard.

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New Delhi: Yet another case has come to light of a resident assaulting a security guard at a Noida high-rise, the second such incident in less than a month.

The incident involves a resident of Cleo County in Noida’s Sector 121 who was caught on CCTV repeatedly slapping a security guard Saturday. A case was later registered against her at the Phase 3 police station in Noida, resulting in her arrest the same day under Section 151 (causing disturbance) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

However, the woman — reportedly a college professor — was released later that day after having paid a fine as punishment for the offence.

“The guard gave us a complaint in writing as to what happened. We filed a report. And then we issued a fine [chalan] to the accused woman the same day after the investigation,” Vijay Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of Phase 3 police station, told ThePrint.

SHO Kumar added that according to what the police have learnt, “there was a delay in the opening of the gates when the woman was entering the society following which the incident took place”. 

The guard further alleged that the woman, who returned to the security kiosk after driving past the entrance gate to enter the society, also threatened him.

ThePrint reached Cleo County through emails and phone calls but received no response at the time of publishing. This report will be updated when a response is received. 

In a similar incident in August, a 32-year-old lawyer was arrested in Noida for verbally abusing and slapping a security guard at the housing society in Sector 128 of which she is a resident, reportedly over ‘delay in opening the gate’. 

The woman was released on bail two days after her arrest. Her lawyer had argued at the time that she was “arrested without any notice” and that the police were required to issue a notice in cases where punishment for an offence is seven years’ imprisonment or less.

(Edited by Amrtansh Arora)

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