Berhampur, Dec 14: A Panchayat Samiti member in Odisha's Ganjam district was on Sunday arrested on the charge of raping and defrauding a woman in Maharashtra, police said.
The accused has been identified as A Sudam. He is the Samiti member of Kanchudu Panchayat under Hinjili block in the district.
As per reports, Sudam had allegedly raped a woman under Manipada police limits in Maharashtra on the pretext of marriage and also taken lakhs of rupees from her.
Later, the woman lodged a complaint against Sudam at Manipada police station in this connection, following which, a Maharashtra police team arrived in Odisha and arrested the accused yesterday with the help of Hinjili police.
Sudam was later produced before a local court in Ganjam, which gave its nod for transit remand to Maharashtra Police.