Andanappa Ningoji, in-charge headmaster of a government primary school in Sanganal village of Yelburga taluk, was arrested by the Yelburga police on the charge of raping a minor student and sexually harassing her.He was found missing after a complaint was registered by the victim on Saturday.The police registered a case under the POCSO Act and Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code. He was produced before the magistrate.Meanwhile, the Education Department has placed Ningoji under suspension.

However, the parents of the victim and also the people have urged the DDPI to initiate action against the Block Education Officer of Yelburga, accusing him of protecting Ningoji by deputing him to another school three days before the case was registered.