Derang Assault Case: Usasi Misra Urges DGP To Take Action Against Culprits

USasi MISHRA PRESS conference
Photograph: Ashok Panda

Bhubaneswar: A week after the alleged molestation and manhandling at Derang village in Kaniha of Odisha’s Angul district, Ollywood actress Usasi Misra on Sunday met the Director General of Police (DGP) Dr RP Sharma here, demanding action against the culprits.

“I apprised the DGP of the entire incident and told him that though the incident had taken place a week ago, except for the arrest of one person, police had not taken any action against the other culprits. I requested him to urgently intervene in the matter. The DGP assured me that he would look into the incident at the earliest,” Usasi told mediapersons later.

The Ollywood actress was accompanied by the members of the Odisha Cine Critic Association.

The incident took place on the night of April 22 when Usasi was allegeedly beaten up and molested at Derang where she had gone to perform in an opera, owned by the Eastern Blue.

On being informed, Kaniha police rushed to the spot and pacified the villagers. The opera show began after an hour.

Police sources said one Indramani Swain and his two sons allegedly manhandled the actress and even hurled abuses at her. They also damaged her car.

A day after the incident, Kaniha police arrested Sahu’s driver Dusmanta Behera.

However, Indramani Sahu, the prime accused in the assault case, lodged a counter FIR against Usasi on April 26 alleging that she had manhandled him.

In a complaint lodged at Talcher SDJM court, Sahu accused the actress of issuing a death threat against him. The incident took place while he was trying to park his car. The vehicle accidentally brushed against the actress, who was standing near the stage ahead of her performance organised by Eastern Blue Opera, he had said.

The actress reacted violently and when Indramani got down from the vehicle, she held his collar, abused and beat him up. He fell down and was rescued by his two sons and some eyewitnesses, who rushed to the spot. Later, Usasi fled the spot and threatened him and his sons to implicate them in a false case, the complaint added.

Indramani has demanded that cases should be registered against Usasi under Sections 341, 323, 294, 307 and 506 of the IPC.

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