Molestation slur: No such cop was on duty, says Puri SP

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Puri: In a major twist to the incident of molestation allegation against a policeman during ‘darshan’ at Gundicha Temple in Puri, the district SP stated that there was no such cop on duty that day against whom the girl has brought the molestation allegation.

SP Sarthak Sarangi said,”The girl had brought the allegation against one Bijay Behera but no such person was on duty that day.”

According to sources, the Puri police on Tuesday started investigation into the incident basing on the complaint of the woman. In first phase, the police went to the private medical college, where the girl is studying, and recorded her statement.

Police said statement of the girl and her mother will again be recorded if necessary. Besides, cops who were on duty that day will also be questioned on the basis of the CCTV footage.

Though the girl has not filed a complaint with police in written, the latter is investigating into the matter taking in account her post in social media and media reports.

On the other hand, SJTA chief administrator Pradeep Jena said steps would be taken to ensure that no such thing is repeated in future.

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