A former vice-president of Haripalem village of Atchutapuram mandal was taken into custody by the Gajuwaka police on Friday on the charge of harassing a married woman.

Ratnaprabha, 30, of Pedagadili area, is employed as an ANM at Haripalem. The accused, S. Ramu, reportedly used to follow and pester her to satisfy his lust. The victim had complained to her higher-ups but they had failed to take any action.

She told women's organisations of her plight. On their advice, she called the accused on his mobile on Friday. The accused person asked her to come to a lodge at Gajuwaka and when she went there he tried to whisk her away on his two-wheeler. He was caught by the waiting women and satellite TV channel representatives and handed over to the police.

Woman robbed

A woman was robbed of her gold chain, weighing 3 tolas, at Seethammadhara on Friday afternoon.

R. Krishnaveni, 20, was attending to her mother, who was undergoing treatment at the Lions Cancer Hospital at Seethammadhara. When she was returning hospital after buying a curry for her mother, two youths, who came on a motorcycle, followed her for some distance. The pillion rider got down and accosted Krishnaveni as his assistant waited on the vehicle at a distance. He allegedly snatched her gold chain. Later, he got on to the motorbike and fled the place.

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