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A senior official of AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) in Nellore was arrested on Tuesday after he brutally attacked his junior woman colleag
Continue reading on Times of IndiaVIJAYAWADA: A senior official of AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) in Nellore was arrested on Tuesday after he brutally attacked his junior woman colleague when she requested him to wear a mask as per Covid-19 protocol. The attack was caught on the CCTV cameras of the APTDC office and the state government suspended him after the video footage went viral on social media on Tuesday.
The accused, C Bhaskar, is a deputy manager of APTDC. Angered over his junior colleague “ordering” him to wear a mask, Bhaskar took a stick and hit her. He also dragged the woman employee, who is differently-abled, by her hair. Bhaskar already has several complaints of misbehaviour against him.
The victim is Ch Usha Rani, a senior assistant at APTDC, said tourism officials. Police said the incident took place after she requested the deputy manager to wear a mask. Bhaskar was infuriated as a lower rank colleague had told him to sport a mask. Bhaskar brutally attacked Usha. The disturbing video shows him aggressively dragging the woman by her hair onto the floor and thrashing her with a stick. When another colleague tried to intervene and stop him, he is seen pushing him away.
The security footage, which was leaked on social media, soon went viral and drew widespread condemnation. National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma tweeted, “I am going to take it up right away. He needs to be booked for his act.”
Meanwhile, Usha lodged a complaint with the Nellore police, who arrested Bhaskar and registered a case under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of IPC. He was produced before a court, which sent him to judicial remand.
APTDC managing director Pravin Kumar said he had suspended Bhaskar and formed an inquiry committee to take disciplinary action against him. “An immediate action has been taken as per the orders of tourism minister Muttamsetti Srinivas Rao. The accused has been suspended and orders to form an inquiry committee has been issued,” Kumar said. He added that the woman employee has lodged a complaint with the department as well and disciplinary proceedings are being initiated. The accused has been ordered not to leave the headquarters without permission.
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