OTV Impact: Police begins probe into harassment of girl in moving bus

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Cuttack/Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate police today stepped up investigation into the alleged harassment of a lady journalist in moving bus which has sparked off a debate on how safe is the existing public transport system for the women in the state.

Hours after OTV reported the incident, Odisha Government swung into action and ordered for a probe.

Police Commissioner YB Khurania today informed that,” Commissionerate Police has already started investigation and the matter is being supervised by DCP, Cuttack.”

The incident came close on the heels of a similar harassment of a girl in Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express. The prime accused was arrested after the victim narrated her ordeal on the Social media.

The Government Railway Police nabbed the accused after the victim’s friends twitted about the incident in Rajdhani Express to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

In the lady journalist’s case, the accused is yet to be identified even as the Commissionerate Police swung into action and recorded the statements of both the victim as well as the conductor of the bus here today.

The lady journalist was travelling to Cuttack from Kendrapara when the incident occurred on Wednesday.

Though the victim also tried to report the matter by dialling the police helpline number (100) and special helpline number (1091), her calls went unanswered.

“We are looking into all aspects and appropriate action will be taken in this case,” Khurania added.

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