VISAKHAPATNAM: The city police arrested a Reserve sub-inspector of police, working in anti-Naxal operations, for sexually harassing a woman and outraging her modesty.
Sub-inspector GV Nagendra Prasad allegedly tried to molest the woman at her home in Kaparada in the city on Wednesday night. The victim is a tribal woman and she has been working in a shop for her livelihood. Prasad was caught by the neighbours when he tried to molest her and the accused was handed over to the police.
According to joint commissioner of police AS Khan, the SI has a friend K Balu, a native of Paderu, who had a relationship with one Saraswati.
Saraswathi and the victim were roommates and working at a shop in the city. On December 25, Saraswati went missing. Balu informed the accused about Saraswathi and sought the SI’s help to trace her. Since then Nagendra Prasad had repeatedly questioned the victim to reveal the whereabouts of Saraswati.
Nagendra Prasad blackmailed the victim on the pretext that she was responsible for Saraswati’s disappearance. With an intention to fulfil his sexual desires, Prasad on January 16, 17 and 18 met the victim and tried to make advances towards her.
Unable to bear the harassment, the victim narrated the matter to neighbours. On Wednesday night, Prasad went to the victim’s house and tried to molest her. The neighbours caught him and handed over to police. Cases under Sections 448, 354 (A) and 506 of the IPC have been registered.