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Police give clean chit to BJD MP in woman scribe assault case

Press Trust of India  |  Cuttack 

The Odisha Police on Friday gave a clean chit to BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty and his younger brother Anuprasa Mohanty, who were booked for allegedly assaulting and harassing a local woman journalist.

Cuttack Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Akhileswar Singh said the investigating officers have found that there is no evidence about the Kendrapara MP assaulting the scribe or his brother passing any lewd comments against her.

There was an exchange of words between the two sides on the day of the incident, but no evidence was found from the CCTV footage and mobile phone recordings to substantiate the allegations made by the scribe against the MP and his family, the DCP said.

The journalist had alleged that Anuprasa Mohanty had repeatedly passed obscene comments at her on several occasions in the past and on June 13, when she had visited the MP's house at Choudhury Bazaar to complain about it, Anubhav Mohanty and his wife assaulted her.

A day after, police had booked the MP and his family members under Indian Penal Code sections pertaining to punishment for use of obscene words in public, sexual harassment, voluntarily causing hurt and acts by several persons in furtherance of common intention.

The MP's brother had filed a counter complaint with police against the journalist.

The woman journalist had gone to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's house about a fortnight ago to speak to him on the matter but was not allowed to meet him.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 26 2019. 21:40 IST