Bhubaneswar: Khandagiri Police on Sunday arrested the director of a city-based paramedical institute, who was detained yesterday, after around 20 girl student of the institute levelled sexual harassment allegations against him.
The accused has been identified as Kodanda Dhara Sahu, director of Indira Institute of Medical Science & Research (IIMSR) at Bharatpur’s GA Colony under Khandagiri police limits in Bhubaneswar.
Besides, the police also seized several documents and sealed the institute’s office today.
According to police, the matter came to the fore on Saturday after some female students pursuing Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT) ransacked the institute and brought both sexual and mental harassment charges against the institute’s director.
As per the allegations, Sahu who was the founder and director of the nursing college was operating the institute without proper affiliation. He had lured the students to join the college on the pretext of better employment opportunities.
Later, he started harassing the girls and also forced around 60 students to stay in a building with only four rooms including one kitchen.
The girl students, in the complaint, have stated that even after completion of 10 months in the institute, they are yet to get their identity cards.
Based on the allegations, the accused director was detained for questioning on Saturday night and after a probe into the matter he was arrested today, said the police.