A pregnant woman, who was allegedly assaulted by police on Sunday, filed a case against police officials in the court of SDJM on Tuesday.
Manu Dehury of Madhusapatna village near Bhapur was called to Sadar police station for inquiry into a bicycle theft case. Later, the victimised woman, Sabita Dehury and her husband Bikram Behera went to the police station to inquire about her father.
When Manu informed the police that he had already handed over the bicycle to Bhapur police outpost, he was beaten up by the police. Though Sabita claimed that her father was innocent, police tried to forward Manu to court. “At this time, a lady sub-inspector kicked and slapped me though she knew that I am pregnant,” said Sabita. Later, she was admitted to district headquarters hospital.
SDPO of Sadar police station AP Swain told mediapersons that when police were trying to forward Manu to court, Bikram misbehaved with lady police officers and Sabita tore official documents in the police station.
When police came to know that Sabita was pregnant, they arrested Manu and forwarded him and Bikram on charge of misbehaving with police officials to court on Sunday, said Swain.
Swain and Town police inspector in-charge Manas Gadnaik visited the hospital and discussed the issue with Sabita. Swain promised to take action against erring officials if complaint is lodged by her and if the allegation will be found true.
Meanwhile, Dhenkanal unit secretary of Druniti Nibaran Samiti Ranjan Lenka said they had lodged a complaint against police officials before National Human Rights Commission.
The doctors of headquarters hospital have referred Sabita to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.