Kendrapara: The Odisha police yesterday arrested seven persons for allegedly molesting a minor girl and forcefully taking her nude photos at a forest near Pitapatha under Jamboo Marine police limits in Kendrapara district.
They have been identified as Uttam Biswas, Pramod Bala, Bhagyadhar Rout, Arakhita Mohanty, Budha Singh, Prasanjit Bayen and Sambhu Bijuli.
As per the police complaint lodged by the victim, she was collecting cashew nuts at the forest on March 12 evening during which all the seven accused reached the spot and molested her.
They also clicked her nude photos with their mobile phones and threatened to upload the same on social media, she alleged.
Acting on the complaint, police arrested the seven under various sections of the IPC and sections 10 and 11 of Protection of Children from Sexually Offences Act, 2012. Five mobile phones were also seized from their possession.
They were produced in court and remanded in judicial custody after their bail pleas were rejected.