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Odisha cop accused of sexual exploitation of lady inspector arrested

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 2:

Odisha Crime Branch police today arrested Ajit Kumar Swain, the police inspector who was on the run since he was wanted by the Crime Branch for alleged sexual exploitation of a fellow lady police inspector for 13 years.

Crime Branch ADG BK Sharma today told media persons here that accused police inspector Swain has been arrested today from Bhubaneswar.

The JFMC court, Soro on June 20 had issued a Non Bailable Warrant (NBW) against the accused police inspector after the investigating officer of the Crime Branch police submitted the case diary in the court .

Earlier on June 10 Crime Branch police had moved the JMFC court, Soro seeking declaration of Jagatsinghpur DCRB inspector Ajit Kumar Swain as an ‘absconder’ and issue of a Non Bailable Warrant (NBW) against him.

A single bench of Odisha High Court Justice SC Parija on June 23 had asked the Crime Branch police to submit a status report in the case.

Notably, on May 28, the lady police inspector had moved the Odisha High Court seeking a CBI probe into her complaint of sexual exploitation by police inspector Ajit Kumar Swain and immediate legal action against the accused officer.

The lady police officer had named the principal secretary Home, DG Police, DG (Crime Branch), DG CBI, IIC, Crime Branch and Jagatsinghpur DCRB inspector Ajit Kumar Swain as respondents in her petition.

In her petition, the lady officer had alleged that she had been sexually exploited over the last 13 years by police inspector Ajit Kumar Swain, who also subjected her to both mental and physical torture. She had also alleged that the higher authorities in the department had taken no action in after she drew their attention to her plight.

The victim had complained before the court that despite an FIR filed by her under sections 354, 354A, 354B, 354D, 376, 376-1, 376-2-A-1-2, 376B, 376K, 376N, 376-C-A-B of the IPC against the accused officer Swain, the authorities were protecting the officer, forcing her to move the High Court to seek redressal.

The lady officer had said that she had reported the matter to the DGP on May 6, following which he directed the Crime Branch (CB) to investigate the matter. She had complained that the CB had not arrested the accused officer, who is now posted in Jagatsinghpur.

The aggrieved lady officer had said in her petition that she had joined the police service in the year 2000 and was posted as a sub-inspector in Keonjhar district on June 16, 2001. On August 10, 2001, inspector Swain laid a trap and raped her after inviting her to his official quarters. Swain had allegedly videotaped the entire act through a hidden camera planted inside the room.

Later, after mediation and compromise efforts by a senior police officer, Swain had promised to marry her, she had said.
The accused officer never kept his promise and married someone else. Instead, he blackmailed her by showing her a CD of the rape act and continued to exploit her sexually, she had alleged.

The victim in her petition had said the accused officer Swain continued to exploit her even after her marriage in 2004. This led to discord in her marital life and ultimately resulted in the untimely death of her husband under mental agony.

Even now she was being subjected to harassment by Swain, she had alleged in her petition.