Phulbani: Police arrested former MLA of Phulbani in Kandhamal district Debendra Kanhar and his associate on charges of assault and loot on Tuesday.
According to sources, Debendra and one of his associates Srinivas Kanhar, a havildar in the India Reserve Battalion, had allegedly assaulted and looted one Kamakshi Behera from Pajang area of Dhenkanal district on Urumagarh road on February 11.
Earlier, a woman of Phulbani had lodged a complaint against Debendra at the Sadar police station alleging that he and another person had misbehaved with her in her house. A few days after, a sex tape of the legislator had surfaced. He was absconding since then.
Kandhamal police arrested the former legislator from Ichchapuram in Andhra Pradesh. Both Debendra and Srinivas have been forwarded to court.