Lady cop molestation: Arrested IIC denied bail

Puri: The inspector-in-charge of Kaktpur police station who was arrested on charges of molesting a lady constable here on Saturday was denied bail by a local court today.

Notably, IIC Srikant Barik was arrested after the victim constable lodged a complaint and later on the DGP ordered the former’s suspension.

“A committee formed to check harassment of women at workplace visited the police station and conducted an inquiry which established the truth in the allegations. Based on the findings legal proceedings have been initiated against the errant officer,” said Puri SP Asish Kumar Singh.

Acting on the complaint, Puri SP ordered an inquiry into the incident following which a five-member team led by Additional SP, Puri, visited the concerned police station and confronted the victim and accused.

The victim along with the president of Contsable and Havildar Association met the SP and other top officials on Saturday evening. The SP assured the victim of stern action against the inspector.

Meanwhile, the lady cop alleged that efforts were made to hush up the matter as she is working at the same police station where the accused is in-charge.