Principal of Sai Krupa Residential Mahavidyalay Tushar Mohanty was arrested by Dhenkanal Town police for allegedly torturing and abusing the students here on Monday. He was forwarded to local court. But police are yet to trace the Chairman of the college who also faced the same allegation.
Following complaints lodged by parents of the students on Sunday, Town police started investigation. The students have already vacated college hostel. District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Anuradha Goswami and her team have also started an inquiry into the complaints of parents who had sought her intervention as the girls are below 18 years of age. The complaint deserves inquiry under Juvenile Justice Act, said the DCPO.
Meanwhile, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of the district, a statutory body, is now defunct as posts of its Chairman and a lady member have been lying vacant. DCPO said CWC is a facilitating and coordinating agency and is empowered to launch inquiry into allegation of torture of minor girls and boys. Town police IIC Manas Gadnaik said they had arrested the Principal as he had not made any intervention on their complaints. “We are making efforts to trace the chairman,” he added.
Miscreants Open Fire
One Smruti Ranjan Bal sustained bullet injuries when a group of three to four armed miscreants opened fire on Dhenkanal-Kapilash road under Sadar police limits on Monday. The incident occurred while the victim was going on bike with his wife and minor son. They were rescued by 108 ambulance. Bal is undergoing treatment at SCB medical, Cuttack.