Retired college principal arrested for molesting minor

Kendrapara: A 65-year-old retired college principal was today arrested for allegedly molesting a minor girl in Kendrapara district.

Police said the retired principal of a government college was arrested for outraging modesty of a 12-year-old girl student at his home in Aul.

The victim’s mother had lodged an FIR with the police stating that the girl was lured with chocolates and potato chips by the retired principal to his home yesterday.

“Investigation confirmed the veracity of the charges by the complainant,” said sub-divisional police officer Uma Shankar Maharana.

He said a case was registered against the man under sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (outrage of modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Section 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Meanwhile, the principal claimed he was innocent and was being framed by the girl’s family.