SAI coach arrested on harassment charges

Cuttack: Sports Authority of India (SAI) coach Sushant Roy facing charges of physical and mental harassment was arrested, police said on Thursday.

He will be forwarded to court today, Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora said.

A woman trainee athlete SAI hostel in Cuttack on Wednesday levelled harassment charges against the coach.

In her written complaint at the Mahila police station, she alleged that Roy had been harassing her mentally and physically for past several days.

The coach, however, denied the allegations. In his defence Roy said that he had slapped her two times only to teach her proper behaviour.

“As a guardian I slapped her twice. Because, I couldn’t tolerate others would complain against her whom I had brought to this place. I only wished that her concentration should be on her performance and not on other things,” Roy said.

Sources said a case under Sections 354 (A), 323, 294, 506 and 34 of IPC and Section-10 of Protection of Children Sexual Offence Act has been registered against the coach.