The president of a gram panchayat president in Mandya district attempted to rape an employee on Thursday evening. He has since been arrested.
Thirty-year-old Chandrahasa has been accused of attempt to rape a woman who has been working as a Group D employee in the gram panchayat for over six years. Chandrahasa was previously with Congress and is now a JD(S) member.
The accused was arrested after the panchayat employees filed a complaint of rape against him at Kesturu police station on Friday.
The incident occurred in the office after working hours at around 6 pm on Thursday, but the woman managed to escape.
When she returned for work in the morning, she told fellow employees who then confronted Chandrahasa, who reportedly claimed that he had only asked her to sweep the floor. However, upon checking the CCTV footage of the office, they saw that Chandrahasa was attempting to drag the woman while she attempted to free herself from his grip. Within minutes of the pushing and pulling Chandrahasa lifts her and walks behind the camera.
After seeing the footage, the panchayat employees then thrashed him before handing him over to the police.
Vanraju, Sub-Inspector of Kesturu police station said the woman is a widow who was living in the same village. He said that a case of attempt to rape has been registered.
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