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Three held on molest charge

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 17: Kharavela Nagar police arrested three youngsters for passing lewd remarks at a girl and trying to molest her near the busy Ram Mandir Square here in full public view today.

The three suspects were identified as Debabrata Das, 22, from Kendrapara, Biswanath Sethi, 28, from Cuttack and Sanatan Patra, 22, from Balasore.

They were sent to Jharpada special jail after a local court here rejected their bail pleas.

Police said the complainant, who hailed from Keonjhar, was riding pillion on her friend’s motorcycle when these three men on another two-wheeler followed them and passed lewd comments. They not only harassed the girl, but also molested her near Ram Mandir Square.

“The complainant said the suspects touched her back while she was on the motorcycle and tried to molest her. When she cried for help, people gathered there, detained the youths and handed them over to the police,” said a senior police officer of the Kharavela Nagar police station.

After the girl lodged her complaint, the cops booked the three youths and produced them before court.