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5 held for clicking, posting nude pics of Odisha girl

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Kendrapara: Police today arrested five persons for allegedly taking nude pictures of a college girl and then posting on social media in Odisha’s Kendrapara district.

The accused are identified as Manee Mandal (25), Sukant Mandal (30), Akshay Sethi (38), Nimai Charan Padihari (34) and Sambhu Mandal (18).

Kendrapara Superintendent of Police Niti Sekhar has confirmed the news adding other accused in the case are on the run.

The incident took place near Pentha sea beach under Rajnagar block in the district on Friday. The victim, a minor, had lodged a complaint with Rajnagar police yesterday.

Five youths were nabbed after a police team led by Rajnagar police station Inspector-In-Charge Sukant Kumar Patra conducted raids at various places in the district, the SP added.

The police have registered case under Section 341, 323, 293, 509, 376, 511, 379, 34 of IPC, Section 8, 14 of POCSO Act, and Section 66 (c) and 67(A) of Information Technology Act, 2000.

According to police, the college girl along with her male friend had gone to Pentha sea beach. While the two were sitting and talking, around 8-10 youths passed lewd comments on them before trying to molest the girl.

When the duo objected, the unruly youths forcefully taken them into a nearby jungle and asked two take off their clothes. The youths recorded the video and later posted on various social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

The youths had also physically assaulted the minor girl and her friend, police said quoting the complaint lodged by the victim.

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