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Public Relations deputy director booked for sexual assault, complainant abducted

Bhopal: Fifteen days after the complaint made by a 34-year-old woman, accusing a middle-aged deputy director of Madhya Pradesh Public Relations department, RS Meena, of sexually harassed her, the police have registered an FIR against the accused officer on Tuesday. But in a strange turn of events, when the cops registered the case against Meena, the complainant was kidnapped from near her house. A separate FIR under Section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage) of the IPC was registered at Kolar police station.

She left home in the evening, but did not return after which her mother registered a case, police said. Usually, she moved around the city in a car, but this time she walked probably to get something from near the house. Officials said she gave her mobile set to mother after charging it, police said.

Meanwhile, Mahila Thana station house officer Sandhya Mishra said that a case has been registered under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) against Meena. The FIR was registered when prima facie it appeared that the allegations levelled against the officer were correct, she said.

The officer allegedly took her to an agriculture institute at Ratibad on promise of introducing her to two people to get sanction for projects and allegedly attempted rape. The woman, a divorcee and mother of a boy, met senior police officials and visited chief minister’s house several times in past few days to register an FIR.

The woman claimed she had a mobile clip to back her allegations and accused the official of employing bulldozing tactics like sending goons to her house, who forcibly took her set and threatened to wipe out her family if she dared to utter a word about it.

The woman runs a non-government organization (NGO), which works for mentally-challenged women. The victim said she had met the officer at a function in Indore, where she was awarded in August. He allegedly told her he could get projects sanctioned for her from seven departments and took Rs 70,000, she claimed in her complaint.