UTP develops physical intimacy with woman prisoner in Odisha jail; FIR filed

Balangir: In an incident that has raised serious questions over the safety of jail inmates in Odisha, an under-trial prisoner (UTP) allegedly cheated a woman inmate after developing physical intimacy with her at Titlagarh sub-jail in Balangir district.

As per a police complaint lodged by the victim, who was imprisoned in connection with a domestic violence case and later released on bail around 45 days ago, accused Tirthankar Patel alias Papu had managed to come to the woman cell of the jail with the help of some staffers of the prison.

Papu, an accused in a GST fraud case, had established physical relation with the woman on the promise of marrying her, she mentioned in the FIR, adding that two staffers of the jail and a person working at the ADJ court were aware about the matter.

The complainant further alleged that she was talking to Papu over mobile phone after her release from the jail and has the call recordings in her possession.

The woman was also visiting him in the jail at regular intervals. However, the accused suddenly started avoiding the woman, contrary to his promise of marrying her.

The medical examination of the woman was carried out yesterday while her statement was recorded today by the police.

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