(Eds: Updating with suspension of police constable) Puri, Dec 29 (PTI) A constable of Odisha police was suspended for allegedly misbehaving with a minor girl inside the Jagannath temple here on Saturday, a top officer said. Also Read - Odisha Woman Ends Life After Daughter's Morphed Obscene Photos Go Viral on Social Media
The girl, a resident of Odisha’s Jajpur district, had alleged in her complaint that the constable had accompanied her and her parents to ‘Bhitar Katha’ (inner barricade) from ‘Bahar Katha’ (outer barricade) and “misbehaved” with her while she was praying to the deities on Saturday morning, Puri Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sarangi said. Also Read - Odisha Lockdown Extension News: 14-day Complete Shutdown in Ganjam, Khurdha, Cuttack, Jajpur, Rourkela From Today Till July 31 | Check Guidelines
The girl’s statement had been recorded at Singhadwar police station here and a senior officer was entrusted with the task of carrying out the investigation, he said. Also Read - Odisha Assembly Election 2019 Results: Bari, Barchana, Dharmasala, Jajpur, Korei Sukinda Winners List
The police constable was found guilty based on “circumstantial evidence”, just hours after the girl lodged her complaint, he said.
He will be arrested later, Sarangi said.
The complainant, while talking to reporters outside the police station, had said she would be able to identify the accused if she saw him.
Asked whether the constable was identified from the CCTV footage, Sarangi said, “Nothing is clear from the CCTV footage. The constable was found guilty during investigation.” The incident comes a day after a protest by the shrine’s servitors here over alleged assault against one of them by police. The gates of the temple remained shut for about 12 hours on Friday due to the protest.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.