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Hooghly: Police in Hooghly district have arrested the priest for alleged sexual abuse of a minor girl in the temple premises.

The arrested priest has been identified as Nishikanta Mishra, a resident of Telinipara under Bhadreswar police station in Hooghly. In his late 40’s, Mishra is attached to a Shiva temple at nearby Gondol Para under Chandannagar police station jurisdiction.

The victim girl, who hails from Paikpara in north Kolkata, went to her maternal uncle’s house at Gondol Para for a vacation yesterday. In the afternoon, she went to the adjacent temple alone to offer a prayer.

Finding the girl alone, priest Mishra allegedly touched her inappropriately. He even touched her genitals. The girl managed to free herself from the tormenting eyes of the priest and rushed back to her uncle’s house. There she narrated everything to her relatives.

Her maternal uncle lodged a complaint at Chandannagar police station in the night itself. Police registered a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and arrested accused Mishra this morning.

On being produced in court later in the day, the arrested priest was remanded to 14 days jail custody.