In the complaint, the students stated the headmaster had molested them on February 23 after showing obscene videos.
In a written complaint lodged with Bonai police, the four girls alleged that the Headmaster had arranged their stay at the hostel of Badgogua High School which was their matriculation examination centre. While other students were accommodated in separate rooms, the four girls were kept in a room where Pradhan was staying.
On February 23 night, the Headmaster allegedly instructed the girls to switch off the light and later, showed them obscene videos on his mobile phone and touched their private parts.The victims further alleged when they resisted his attempts, Pradhan threatened to get them failed in the examination.
The matriculation examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha was held from February 22 to March 8. As many as 21 girls and 26 boys of Jemamani High School had stayed at the hostel of Badgogua High School.
Villagers said after the exams, the girls mustered courage and narrated their ordeal to their parents. Though they tried to lodge a complaint with Tikayatpali police in this regard, the cops did not entertain them, the villagers alleged.
The students further alleged that when they resisted his act, he threatened to get them failed in the examination.
A few days after the exams concluded on March 8, the girls mustered courage and narrated the ordeal to their parents following which a police complaint was lodged.
“A case of molestation has been registered as per the complaint of the girls. Appropriate action will be taken after inquiry,” said Rourkela SP Dr Uma Shankar Dash.