Odia IFS officer arrested
Surendra Prasad Mohapatra, an Odisha cadre Indian Forest Service officer of 1986 batch was reportedly arrested in the US for alleged “wrongful confinement” of a female employee of the hotel where he was staying on Thursday.
Mohapatra, the regional chief conservator of forests, Sambalpur, was on a mid-career training programme to Syracuse University, New York, along with batch of over 30 other officers. According to sources, Mohapatra had a problem with his internet connection and had approached the reception of the hotel for help. A waitress of the hotel came to his room and could not fix it and left. But two hours later, the local police came to Mohapatraâ€™s room and arrested him on charges of â€œwrongful confinement,â€ as made by the lady employee.
Mohapatraâ€™s wife told the media that her husband is somewhat short-tempered and had told something to the waitress in irritated voice when she failed to solve the problem and that may be the reason behind the womanâ€™s grudging.
The Indian embassy in the US has been informed about the development. The Union ministry of environment and forests is also looking into the case.