State-run school head master held on sexual offence charge

Baripada: Head Master of a state government high school in Mayurbhanj district was arrested today on charge of sexual offence against the inmates of its tribal girls’ hostel.

Based on the complaint by parents and villagers, police arrested the head master Madhusudan Mahanta on charges of intent to outrage the modesty of women and under section 10 of POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, SDPO, Betanati, Dhiren Chandra Nanda said.

The inmates of the co-education high school at Gudialbandh under Badasahi police station has the facility of a 100-bedded tribal girls hostel fully funded by SC and ST Development department of Odisha government.

They had complained to their parents that Mahanta was making sexual advances for quite some time on different pleas.

Demanding immediate arrest of Mahanta, irate parents and villagers blocked road from 10:00 am to 2 pm on the busy Baripada and Udala road at Balijoda affecting traffic movement today.