27 August 2019
Malkangiri: A teacher accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a minor has been suspended by the district administration. The local Police have also begun interrogating him on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim’s father.
Acting on Collector’s order, District Welfare Officer (DWO) Pratipta Kumar Panda suspended the accused teacher, identified as Ashwini Dehury. Yesterday, he had sent a two-member team to probe the incident. On basis of the reports necessary action was taken, informed Panda.
Meanwhile, the victim’s father filed a complaint regarding the assault. Similarly, an FIR has also been lodged against Dehury on behalf of the district administration. Both the complaints were clubbed under a single case. The Police have initiated a probe.
On the other side, the accused’s mother has filed a counter-case accusing the mob of mishandling her son. She has also accused the villagers of looting gold jewellery and wallet containing cash from Dehury.
The accused was sent to the nearest hospital for treatment. After primary treatment, he was questioned by the Police. They await his complete recovery to get his proper statement.
Dehury had sexually assaulted a Class VI girl on multiple occasions. Later, the minor revealed the same to her parents and the news caused unrest in the Katamateru village. The villagers decide to take the matter into their own hands and dragged the teacher to the school building. Here they stripped him down and thrashed him. He was later tied to the school gate. The matter came to fore when the video of the teacher getting thrashed went viral on social media.