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Odisha lawyer arrested for sexual offence escapes from police custody

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jagatsinghpur, May 27 :

A 40-year-old lawyer, who was arrested on charges of committing a sexual offence, escaped from police custody today near Kujang, about 20 km from the Paradip port township in Odisha.

Maga Behera, a legal practitioner, was arrested yesterday on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman and was being forwarded to the JMFC court in Kujang. However, he managed to give the cops a slip, said Jagatsinghpur Superintendent of Police, Satyabrata Bhoi.

Hunt is on to arrest the fugitive lawyer.

Behera was charged under section 354 IPC but following his escape act, another case under IPC section-226 (Unlawful return from transportation) has been slapped against him.

The policemen who were on the duty when the accused managed to escape, are being penalized for dereliction of duty, he added.