Odishatv Bureau

Bargarh: After a probe was ordered by Bargarh SP, police today arrested four prime accused along with two other associates in connection with the incident of a viral video showing a college girl in uniform being molested in public in Bargarh.

The accused, identified as Umakant Bhoi, Jayaprakash Bhoi, Ajit Barik and Hota Hussein were arrested from Bukuramunda under Paikmal police limits here. Apart from these four, police have arrested two other persons Sahil Barik and Nutan Barik, reportedly involved in the incident.

Acting as per the directions of Bargarh SP, two teams were constituted to probe into the incident and after a search police arrested the four youths this morning.

In the viral video, the girl student was seen pleading before the tormentors to let her go. However, five youths masked in towels kept on harassing her and also thrashed her male friend.

“Though no complaint had been lodged, a probe was launched as per the directive of the SP. Four key accused and two others have been arrested. Efforts are on to nab other miscreants. Further investigation is on,” said a police official.

According to sources, the girl had gone to the Khaira Dam with her male friend where, being found alone, she was molested by a group of persons who had reportedly gathered for a picnic party.

Speaking to media, DGP RP Sharma said," After the matter came to fore, police registered a case under Sections 341, 354, 354(B), 34 of IPC and because the the video was posted n social media, the accused were also booked under Sections 66(A), 66(B) and 67 of the IT Act. We have directed all SPs and police stations to take stern actions against persons involved in such cases."