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Sharmili Mallick

Boudh: A police constable was suspended for thrashing a youth in full public glare in Bankapada area of Boudh district, informed Superintendent of Police Raghunath Rao. The move came after a video of the incident went viral on various social media platforms.

The constable has been identified as Ranjan Mohapatra.

As per reports, a team of police officials were at Bankapada after receiving complaints regarding some youths, belonging to Athamalik area of Angul district, harassing a Class X girl student.

“One among the four youths was reportedly in love with the girl and had proposed her earlier. On the day of the incident, when the girl was returning from school at around 4.30 pm, the youth along with his three friends stopped her midway. They forcibly tried to speak to the girl and when she refused, they started hurling abuses at her,” stated Rao.

In the meantime, Mahapatra, in plain clothes reached the spot along with two other police officials in uniform and rescued the girl.

“Later, Mahapatra thrashed the main accused with a plastic pipe in public and took the four youth to the police station,” the SP added.

Police have detained the four youths and interrogating them in connection with the incident, added reports.

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