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J’khand suspends IAS officer Syed Riaz Ahmed accused of sexually harassing IIT student

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Friday, The Jharkhand government suspended Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Syed Riaz Ahmed. The Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Syed Riaz Ahmed was arrested by the police on July 5 for allegedly molesting an IIT student in Jharkhand’s Khunti district. IAS officer Ahmed was arrested on the orders of the Jharkhand government. The Jharkhand government suspended Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Syed Riaz Ahmed.

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“Chief Minister Hemant Soren has given direction to suspend Syed Riaz Ahmed, posted as SDM Khunti. The SDM was charged with sexual harassment case,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.

Syed Riaz Ahmed was the SDM of Khunti. After the engineering student filed a police complaint against the officer, she was arrested and produced in the court, from where she has been sent to judicial custody for two weeks. Mr Ahmed is facing charges under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), police said.

Ahmed is a 2019 batch IAS officer. Khunti SP Aman Kumar said that SDM Syed Riyaz Ahmed, posted in Khunti district, was arrested for forcing and indecent behavior at his residence on July 2 with a student who had come for internship from IIT, Himachal Pradesh. it was done. Kumar told that the IAS officer is alleged to have kissed the victim at his residence on July 2 and then misbehaved with her.

He told that the students of IIT, who came here for his internship program, were invited to the party on July 1 by SDM Riyaz Ahmed at his official residence. According to the victim student, when she was about to leave the SDM residence on the morning of July 2 along with her other accomplices after an overnight party, the IAS officer allegedly misbehaved with her, taking advantage of being alone.

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The student reported the incident to the local women’s police station, but on Monday evening, an FIR was registered against the SDM on the statement of the victim. After this, Riyaz was taken into custody by the police late on the same day. The SP said that 8 students of IIT, including the victim, along with many other students have come to Khunti for internship these days.

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