JAGATSINGHPUR: Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Jagatsinghpur, Sujogya Mishra on Tuesday sought an explanation from havildar Basant Kumar Behera of Somanath Hat outpost regarding torture of a labourer inside hazat on suspicion of theft.
Sources said Kalandi Ojha of Jasobantpur village under Jagatsinghpur police limits was working as a carpenter in a furniture shop at Somanath Bazaar. Later, Ojha refused to work as the owner did not hike his daily wage and joined another shop in the market. Being aggrieved, the owner of the shop lodged an FIR against Ojha on charges of theft. Police nabbed Ojha from his house and took him to the outpost where he was allegedly beaten up. Later, police released him and threatened him of dire consequences if he disclosed the matter. After the incident went viral on social media, higher police officials of the district intervened and asked the SDPO to start investigation. Mishra said, “Though we have not received any allegation regarding torture on the labourer during police custody, I have sought an explanation from the havildar over the issue. Departmental inquiry is going on.” Meanwhile, Ojha’s younger brother Kunu has sought the intervention of the State Human Rights Commission.
Jilted lover blackmails woman
Jagatsinghpur: A married woman hailing from Peteipur village under Jagatsinghpur police limits alleged that a youth had circulated her nude photographs among her family members and friends using a popular messaging application. The woman further claimed that the accused had been blackmailing her by sending her photographs to others as well. The accused, Seikh Akram of Krishnanandapur village under Tirtol police limits, had apparently attempted to extort J2 lakh from the victim. After the woman lodged an FIR with Jagatsinghpur police on Monday, police sprung into action and are investigating the matter. “Police registered a case against the accused. The victim’s statement has been recorded in the presence of her husband,” IIC Rajnikant Mishra said.