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Former Odisha minister arrested in dowry torture case

Former Odisha minister arrested in dowry torture case

Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha minister Raghunath Mohanty and his wife were arrested from neighbouring West Bengal in a dowry torture case slapped by their daughter-in-law, police said Saturday.

"Mohanty and his wife Pritilata Mohanty were arrested from a place in Howrah district of West Bengal by a team of Human Rights Protection Cell of Odisha police," highly placed police sources said here.

Acting on a specific information, a "crack" team of HRPC was sent to West Bengal which caught the Mohanty couple from Shalimar in Howrah district this morning, they said, adding further details were awaited.

The arrest came a fortnight after their daughter-in-law Barsa Swony Choudhury filed an FIR at Balasore Town Police station on March 14 accusing the then Law and Urban Development Minister and four family members, including her husband of physically and mentally torturing her for dowry.

While Mohanty had to resign from Naveen Patnaik Minister on March 15 following the dowry torture case, his son Raja Shree Mohanty was arrested near Cuttack and sent to jail.

Besides the Mohanty couple and their son, the FIR also named their daughter Rupashree and son-in-law Suvendu Madhual, police sources said, adding Barsa in her FIR alleged that Mohanty's family tortured her demanding among other things Rs 25 lakh and a luxury vehicle. She also accused her husband of having extra-marital relations.


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