Girl gang raped in Puri, ex-cop detained
Puri: At a time when the conscience of the nation has been shaken by the gang rape and brutal murder of a veterinary doctor three days back in Hyderabad, a girl was allegedly gang raped in Puri on Monday.
The girl was waiting near Nimapara bus terminal to go to her home at Kakatpur in Puri district when four persons, one of them claiming to be a policeman, offered her help. When she refused, they abducted her and took her to government quarters near Jhadeswari Club and allegedly gang raped her.
“I was returning to Kakatpur from Bhubaneswar in a bus. I alighted from the bus at Nimapara to have food and missed the bus. Later, when I was standing at Nimapara bus terminal, a person introduced himself as a policeman by showing his identity card and offered help. When I declined, he, along with three others, forcibly dragged me into the car and took me to the government quarters in Puri,” said the victim.
Narrating her ordeal, the girl said while two persons locked the quarters’ door from outside, two others raped her. “After having booze, when they fell asleep, I called a person through the window and managed to escape from the spot with the wallet of one of the accused, which had a police identity card,” she added.
Meanwhile, police have detained the main accused, Jitendra Sethi, who has been reportedly dismissed from service by the police department. Besides, three other accused have also been detained by the police.
“The girl’s statement is being recorded. Stern action will be taken against the culprits. Whoever is found involved, be it from the police department, will not be spared,” said Puri SP Umashankar Dash.
Meanwhile, members of Odisha Congress took out a candle light rally from party headquarters in Bhubaneswar to Naveen Niwas protesting against the incident.