Seema Patra, the suspended BJP leader from Jharkhand, has been arrested by Ranchi police for allegedly torturing and harassing her housekeeper, officials said today.
The BJP had suspended Seema Patra on Tuesday after a video of his domestic helper accusing him of torture went viral. Ms. Patra is the wife of former IAS officer Maheshwar Patra.
Sunita, who was employed by Patras about 10 years ago, accused the suspended BJP leader of holding her captive and brutally torturing her.
Sunita alleged that Ms. Patra regularly beat her and also knocked out her teeth with an iron bar. She was also forced to lick urine off the floor and did not receive food for days.
Acting on a tip, Ranchi police rescued the woman from the house in Patras last week and took her to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for treatment. Sunita’s statement was recorded yesterday before the magistrate, officials said.
Ms Patra’s arrest comes after Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais met Chief Police Officer Neeraj Sinha yesterday and expressed ‘serious concern’ over delay in action against BJP leader suspended.
“Governor Shri Ramesh Bais got news of harassment of Sunita domestic helper in a very inhuman manner by Seema Patra, a resident of Road No. 1 in Ashok Nagar, Ranchi and wife of a retired officer of the IAS.” “Expressing his displeasure, the Governor asked the State Superintendent of Police why no action has been taken by the police against the culprits thus far. The Governor also expressed his deep concern over the laxity of police,” a statement from the governor’s office said.