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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The CBI has reportedly issued an alert to Odisha government regarding a fugitive teacher from Gujarat who is involved in a series of abduction cases of women and girl students.

The special crime branch of CBI, Mumbai has shot a letter to Odisha school and mass education department requesting the latter to trace the accused teacher, Dhaval Trivedi and hand him over to them if he is found working in any school or taking private tuition.

The central agency has also announced cash reward for any information about the teacher while assuring that the identity of the informant will be kept secret.

The CBI is currently investigating the kidnapping of a girl by Trivedi from Gujarat on August 11, 2018.

In the letter, the CBI revealed that the accused teacher was earlier convicted with life imprisonment for his involvement in abduction of minor girls and women.

Briefing about his modus operandi, the CBI said he used to reside in remote areas of different states imparting tuition in English subject, get employed in school, and subsequently eloped with females and minor girls.

Following the letter of the CBI, the Odisha School and Mass Education department has instructed all district and block education officers (DEOs and BEOs) not to indulge the culprit in any of the schools. The department also attached the identification of the accused in the letter.

“Thorough verification may also be made regarding the accused’s involvement in the education system of our State for further needful action in the matter,” the letter read.

“As alerted by the CBI, the government has initiated efforts to trace the accused teacher. It should be ensured that the accused would get stringent punishment for such heinous crime,” S&ME minister Samir Dash said.

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