Tezpur, Sept. 21: The principal of a private junior college was arrested last night by Laluk police in Lakhimpur district on charges of molestation and running an unauthorised institution.The victims are from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.
Roydas Milaphil, 40, principal of St Antony’s Junior College, has been arrested (case number 168/13) and the police have booked him under Sections 420/354 (A)(1)(I)(II) of the IPC on a complaint filed by the AASU’s Harmuti unit. Harmuti is 440km from Guwahati and 65km from Itanagar.
If convicted, he will get a minimum jail term of three years.
Lakhimpur deputy commissioner Gaurav Bothra has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the status of the college and has sought a report within three days.
The college was established in 2012 with 56 students from Classes IX to XII. Of the 56, only 16 are from Assam.
Sent to 14-days’ judicial custody, Milaphil has denied all charges and claimed that the public was misled by a section of students.
The Assam State Commission for Women and the Assam State Commission for protection of Child Rights are closely monitoring the case.
The incident comes less than a month of another case at a school at Likabali in Arunachal’s West Siang district where the hostel warden was arrested on charges of molesting 14 girls. This was followed by a case of molestation of six minor girls at Naharkatia in Dibrugarh district. The accused was arrested on September 13.
Arunachal Pradesh director-general of police K.K. Maheswari told The Telegraph that neither the complainant nor the Lakhimpur administration had approached them. “One of our senior officers, inspector general of police (central range) Garima Bhatnagar talked to Lakhimpur police to verify reports reaching us about the case,” he said.
Bhatnagar said Lakhimpur police have registered a molestation case and that the statements of the girls, who were taken to Itanagar by their parents/guardians, will be recorded once they return to their hostel. “I was told no girl has lodged any formal complaint. Nobody has approached us either. The school is run by a couple from Kerala. We will, however, be writing to Lakhimpur police by Monday seeking details of the case,” she said.