Schoolgirl’s gang rape triggers tension in Koraput

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  • The victim has alleged that four persons who committed the crime were dressed as jawans

The gang rape of a Class IX girl triggered tension in Koraput district of Odisha on Tuesday as the victim alleged that four persons who committed the crime were dressed as jawans of Central paramilitary forces.The incident occurred at a deserted spot inside the jungle near Sorisapadar under the Pottangi police station limits. The seriously injured victim has been admitted to the Koraput district headquarters hospital.

Highway blocked

Demanding the arrest of culprits, an angry mob blocked the National Highway 26 connecting Koraput and Visakhapatnam at Kunduli by burning tyres.Protesting against the incident, Congress activists led by Koraput MLA Krushna Chandra Sagaria staged a demonstration in front of the Koraput police headquarters.

The personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are deployed in Koraput district for anti-Maoist operations.According to the victim and her family members, the four persons involved in the rape were wearing camouflage fatigues worn by the personnel of paramilitary forces. The assailants were also armed.Koraput SP Kunwar Vishal Singh told  that as the grave allegation had come up against security personnel, the issue had been taken up seriously.

SIT formed

“A special investigating team [SIT] comprising additional superintendent of police V.R. Rao, deputy superintendent of police N. Nayak and woman inspector M. Panigrahy has been formed to probe the case,” the SPsaid. A case has been registered at the Pottangi police station. “The culprits will not be spared,” said Deputy Inspector General of South-West range, S. Shyani.

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