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Woman accuses Odisha IIS officer of sexual harassment

A senior Indian Information Service officer working in All India Radio Cuttack faces arrest after a married woman accused him of sending lewd SMS and MMS.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Updated: October 19, 2015 2:13:49 am

A senior Indian Information Service (IIS) officer working with All India Radio, Cuttack, faces arrest over allegations of sending lewd messages to a married woman on her phone.

In her complaint at Bhubaneswar’s Airfield police station, the woman accused Prakash Dash of harassing her for nearly two years through SMSes and MMSes. The woman, who has kids, has been the officer’s neighbour for 10 years.

“Though he initially behaved like a gentleman, for the last four to five years he has been forcing me to keep a relationship with him. He threatened to expose me if I did not maintain a relationship with him. Since the last few days, he would call me from his phone, and would come to our house in my husband’s absence if I didn’t take his calls,” she said. Dash also allegedly threatened the woman’s husband with dire consequences.

Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi, however, said the complainant was yet to show the video clip and SMS that was sent allegedly to her by the accused officer.

Dash could not be contacted despite several attempts. His phone remained switched off.

The latest controversy comes close on the heels of a senior Odisha Administrative Service officer being booked on charges of sexually harassing a junior officer in the state government.

Premananda Khuntia (53), project director of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan, was arrested by the Bhubaneswar Police last week for allegedly sending obscene videos to a woman OAS officer.

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