Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 2:
The list of complainants is getting bigger with each passing day in the alleged sexual harassment case against the manager of a private bank in the Odisha capital.
While a woman employee of the IndusInd Bank branch at Bomikhal area here lodged a complaint with Sahid Nagar police on March 30 accusing the branch head of sexually harassing her for the past several months, more women employees have registered their complaints levelling similar allegations.
“He is a psycho and womaniser. If anyone opposes his advances, he would trouble her in some way or the other. I am not the only victim, two more colleagues are also the victims of K Surendra (Bank Manager). When we maintain a distance, he would make advances saying “You do not know how to impress your boss,” a complainant said.
“He would call me to his chamber in the absence of my state head. As he is one of the state heads, I am bound to obey his orders. He would talk in dual meaning or double meaning words in conversations despite my request not to do so as he is quite senior to me. Besides, he would call on my fixed number at the desk and ask me not to disclose our conversation to anyone,” another complainant said.
K Surendra, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, he could not be reached for his comments. He has also remained out of the clutches of the police so far.
After a preliminary inquiry, police have said that prima facie evidence has been found against the accused and he would be arrested soon.
“We have received complaints from the female employees of a private bank accusing a bank manager of sexually harassing them. We are investigating the matter and would be arresting the accused soon,” Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said.
On the other hand, the bank has issued a statement and said that an internal committee has been formed to inquire into the matter.
“A case of inappropriate behaviour by a male employee has been received from one of our female staff in Bhubaneswar. The Bank’s internal committee formed in line with the prescribed laws, comprising senior ladies from within and outside, will investigate into the matter. Based on the findings of this committee, appropriate action will be taken against those who are found guilty of misconduct. The Bank has zero tolerance in these matters and believes in fair and equal treatment to all employees,” Bank’s official spokesperson, Sunita Prabhu said in a statement.