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Sharmili Mallick

Ganjam: Close on the heels of the rape and brutal murder of a six-year-old girl in Khurda’s Jatni area, a five-year-old girl was allegedly subjected to sexual assault by a married man in Buguda area of Ganjam district. Though the incident took place on April 11, the matter came to light after the family members of survivor lodged a police complaint in connection with the incident today.

As per the complaint, the accused took the minor girl, a Class I student, to his house and raped her.

Following the incident, villagers tried to hush up the matter but as no action was taken against the accused, the family members of the girl lodged an FIR at the Buguda Police Station today.

Meanwhile, police sent the minor girl to Buguda Community Health Centre (CHC) for medical examination after receiving the complaint. Senior officials informed that a probe has started to nab the accused youth who is absconding.

“The family members of the girl and villagers tried to settle the matter. A police complaint was registered only after the parties failed to reach any conclusion. We have registered a case and started investigation into the matter,” informed Inspector-in-Charge (IIC) of Buguda Police Station, SS Mandhata.

A six-year-old girl was allegedly murdered after rape in Jatni area of Khurda district on April 12. The incident had sparked off tension in the area with locals staging a road blockade. Later, Commissionerate Police tagged it as ‘Red Flag’ case and assured prompt investigation.

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