Bhubaneswar: Karanjia police in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district has taken into custody a forest guard for torturing a pregnant woman.

The forest guard caught hold a woman of Barahapaniposi village under Dudhiani forest range on the charge of timber theft. He reportedly beat up woman and forced for situps knowing fully well that she is pregnant.

The incident caused an uproar in the area and villagers blocked the Karanjia-Baripada road by lighting tyres demanding immediate arrest of the forest guard.

The police is investigating into the matter.