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Odisha AYUSH Director Arrested On Sexual Harassment Charges: Police

The Mahila Police had on July 6 registered a case in opposition to Bibhu Prasad Sarangi. (Representational)


A prime official of the AYUSH Directorate in Odisha was arrested on Thursday for allegedly sexually harassing a contractual girl worker of his workplace, police mentioned.

The Mahila Police arrested Bibhu Prasad Sarangi, the Odisha AYUSH director, on the criticism of the girl, who submitted proof in help of her allegation, they mentioned.

Sarangi was arrested following a marathon interrogation on the Mahila Police Station in Bhubaneswar.

“The allegation against me is false and fabricated. The woman along with her male friend hatched a conspiracy against me,” Sarangi instructed reporters.

The Mahila Police had on July 6 registered a case in opposition to Sarangi.

In her criticism, the girl alleged that for the final three months, the official had been pressuring her to have a relationship with him.

Sarangi was additionally accused of sending obscene textual content messages and objectionable movies to the girl. She had submitted the proof of the messages despatched to her, a police officer mentioned.

The official was arrested below Section 354 (assault or prison power to girl with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene materials in digital type) of the Information Technology Act, the police mentioned.

Sarangi had additionally filed a counter FIR on the Capital Police station and alleged that the contractual appointment of the complainant was discovered unlawful throughout a latest inquiry.

In his FIR, Sarangi talked about that the girl had lodged a criticism in opposition to him after the Directorate of AYUSH served a discover in search of clarification concerning “illegal” appointment of the contractual worker.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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