Cuttack: Lady inspector-in-charge of Madhupatna police station, Tereshkova Mohapatra, and a home guard were allegedly thrashed Saturday by the daughter of a criminal who was wanted in a case.
Saturday morning, Tereshkova and the home guard had gone to arrest Surendra Patra, alias Jatia, a demonstrator in Cuttack College, who was wanted in connection with misbehavior with a lady lecturer of the college.
After seeing the police, Jatia tried to escape but was nabbed. In order to prevent the police from arresting his father, Jatia’s daughter allegedly punched and kicked Tereshkova. The lady IIC suffered face injuries in the attack.
“A case was registered against Jatia and his daughter for the attack. However, he was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a lady lecturer and harassing and threatening her last month. At least seven cases are pending against him at Chauliaganj police station. Further inquiry is on to find out whether he is facing more cases in other police stations. We have included Section 110 in the case,” said Deputy Commissioner of police Akhileshvar Singh.
Jatia had allegedly misbehaved with a female lecturer March 27. He barred the lecturer from entering the college premises by locking the main gate from inside. Besides, he had abused the lady lecturer. Later, she had lodged a complaint with Chauliaganj police.
Initially, the police did not take any action against the accused following which the lady lecturer along with some of her colleagues had drawn the attention of the Odisha Human Rights Commission and higher officials of police department. Due to mounting pressure on them, the police finally arrested the accused.
Sources said Jatia, who hails from Mathasahi of Chauliaganj, had been indulging in anti-social activities, but none dared to complain against him.
He used to illegally extract money from students during admission, examination and issuance of certificates.
Sources said Jatia used to act arbitrarily in the college under the patronage of some political leaders and higher officials. With the help of some criminals, he was allegedly running criminal activities in the eastern part of the city. In spite of repeated offences, the police did not arrest him. Chauliaganj police station alone has seven cases pending against him.
In January, 2014, Jatia and his associates had forcibly entered the house of Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Pravat Ranjan Biswal and threatened him at gunpoint from vandalising his properties. A case was registered against him at Chouliaganj police station. Similarly, he was prime suspect in a group clash that took place in the city during Khudurkuni festival.
Jatia had gone to Panchamukhi Hanuman temple Saturday morning on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti when the police nabbed him. He was produced in a court, said Chauliaganj inspector-in-charge Ajay Das.
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