Close on the heels of molestation of a girl in Guwahati that generated national outcry, a teenager met the same fate allegedly at the hands of Army jawans in Assam’s Sibsagar district, police said on Saturday.

A team of Army personnel was on patrol duty near a forest in Dolopa where the jawans spotted a teenaged girl collecting firewood, Sibsagar Additional Superintendent of Police S.K. Dutta told PTI.

When the jawans allegedly tried to molest her in the forest, the girl cried for help which attracted the attention of the nearby local villagers who rushed to the spot and managed to free her from the Army men’s clutches, Mr. Dutta said.

Perpetrators at large

The Army personnel posted in the Nitaipukhuri camp managed to flee from the spot. The area is flood-prone and militant-infested.

Army sources, when contacted, had nothing to say on the matter. — PTI