New Delhi: Goa-based Swimming Coach Surajit Ganguly was on Thursday booked for molesting a 15-year old girl who was training under him. In this regard, the Goa Swimming Association has terminated his services. “Case registered. Both victim and the accused are from West Bengal. Accused absconding,” stated the police.
Earlier, a purported video of the disturbing incident went viral on social media after which Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju promised to take stringent action through Sports Authority. Rijiju tweeted, “I’ve taken a strong view of the incident. The Goa Swimming Association has terminated the contract of coach Surajit Ganguly. I’m asking the Swimming Federation of India to ensure that this coach is not employed anywhere in India. This applies to all Federations & disciplines.”
The GSA confirmed that Ganguly’s contract has been terminated. “We terminated Surajit’s contract immediately after watching the video. Both the girl and coach are from Bengal,” said GSA Secretary Syed Abdul Majid.
Ganguly was appointed by the GSA about two and a half years ago for its Mapusa facility. “We had appointed him because he had a good track record as a coach. There have been no prior complaints against him,” Syed Abdul Majid added.
In the year 2017, Goa Legislative Assembly had even moved a motion congratulating him along with other coaches for bringing “pride and glory to swimming and diving sports and to the state.”
The West Bengal Police confirmed that the girl has lodged a complaint and the case is now being handled by their counterparts in Goa.
“Based on the version given by the girl, we have lodged a formal complaint yesterday. But since the case falls under the Goa police jurisdiction, it has been transferred there. Goa police is probing it,” a police official said in Kolkata.