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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: A priest fromLaxmisagar area has been accused of blackmailing a woman on the basis of an 'obscene video' he recorded allegedly after drugging her. The video has reportedly been shared on several social media platforms.

The matter came to light after the victim lodged a complaint at Mahila police station against the priest, Saroj Das of on Tuesday.

As per the complainant, the priest used to visit her house to perform puja at regular intervals. She had given some gold ornaments to Saroj for mortgaging it in bank for cash. But as Saroj did not repay the cash nor returned gold ornaments, the woman reportedly started pressurizing him. It is suspected that Saroj recorded some objectionable pictures and video of the woman after drugging her while she had gone to collect money from his residence .

"I do not how and what had exactly happened as I lost my senses after drinking a glass of water offered by the priest," said the complainant.

The complainant further alleged that the priest then started forcing her to keep physical relationship with him and when she refused, he uploaded the video on social media. Sources said, Saroj had also sent the videos and pictures to the family members of the victim.

It is worth mentioning, of late, there has been a spurt in the incidents of viral videos in Odisha which has also become a matter of concern for Commissionerate Police.

"A woman has filed a complaint regarding misbehavior and some objectionable pictures and videos of her have been shared on internet. A case will be registered basing on the complaint," said Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Sahu.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently had told the Assembly that at least 31 ‘objectionable videos’ from Odisha were made viral on social media in the past three months.

While replying to a question by Congress MLA Bhujabal Majhi, Patnaik had said 124 cyber crime cases were registered in different police stations of the State during this period and 19 people arrested in this connection.

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