Bhubaneswar (Agencies): Four girl students of a residential tribal school in Orissa's Rayagada district have accused a teacher of sexually harassing them, prompting the authorities to launch a probe.

"I have received complaints from the girl students who have levelled charges of sexual harassment against one of their teachers," Rayagada District Collector Nitin Bhanudas
Jawale said on Wednesday.

The matter is being investigated and if the allegations levelled by the girl students of "Kanyashram" are found true stringent action would be taken against the accused, he said.

The girls in their complaints alleged that the assistant teacher had been harassing them sexually for quite some time, creating fear among them.

The girls said they had fled the school two days ago due to fear before lodging complaints with the District Collector.