Public outrage in Bihar’s Saharsa district has forced the surrender of the main accused in a kidnap-molestation case. The district, tense for the past few days, had a brief bandh on Monday, calling for police action against those who kidnapped and molested a Class Ten student last Saturday.

Avinash alias Animesh, the prime accused in the case, surrendered before the police on Monday. “The victim has named him in the First Information Report and also identified him,” Superintendent of Police Ajit Kumar Satyarthi told The Hindu.

Mr. Satyarthi said Animesh has been booked under Sections 366 (kidnapping) and 354 (outraging one’s modesty) of the Indian Penal Code.

The incident took place in Panchwati Chowk in Saharsa town. The victim was returning after writing her school examination, when she was kidnapped by a group of miscreants. They molested her but the victim escaped.