Kangaroo court humiliation: Main accused arrested
Nayagarh: The main accused in the humiliation of a teacher at a Kangaroo Court by making him pass between the legs as punishment at Balarampur village under Itamati police station was arrested today.
The accused has been identified as Baridhar Nayak, president of the village committee. According to sources, Baridhar has been forwarded to court following arrest. Case under IPC section 341, 343, 294, 500, 506 and 33 has been lodged against Baridhar, informed sources.
“It was decided by the villagers to resolve the matter following which concerned parties decided amongst themselves what should be done to settle the dispute. I had nothing to do with it as the concerned parties mutually agreed to settle the matter in their own way,” said Baridhar.
Earlier Itamati police had arrested 2 villagers in connection with the incident.
On October 20, victim teacher Sreedhara Naik had lodged a complaint alleging he was forced to pass through the legs of Mayadhara Pradhan of Balarampur village at the kangaroo court as a punishment in connection with a minor altercation while his son made a video and uploaded it on WhatsApp.
Elaborating the incident, the victimised teacher and complainant had said, “The villagers present at the kangaroo court asked me to beg apology. When I did accordingly, they asked me to pass in between the legs of the village president. As I was helpless and they had weapons in possession, I obeyed the order. Otherwise they would not have let me go safely from the kangaroo court.”
The victim said, “The villagers had motives to inflict mental torture which was why they made a video clip and circulated. They were expecting that I would get bogged down and commit suicide.”