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Bhubaneswar Gang Rape Case: ‘Mismatch Between Statements of Victim and Complainant’

Bhubaneswar: Several mismatches have been found in the statements made by the victim and those by her mother who is the complainant in the alleged Bhubaneswar Gang Rape case.

This has been mentioned in an affidavit submitted by the Director General Of Police (DGP) before the Orissa High court on Wednesday.

The DGP, who appeared before the High Court through video-conferencing, had submitted the affidavit on the status report of the investigation in an envelope.

The content of the affidavit was disclosed by advocate Gopal Prasad Jena who is representing the petitioners, the Odisha Bikash Parishad, in the High Court.

“The DGP had virtually appeared before the Court. In his affidavit he has stated that there are no consistencies in the statements of the girl and others recorded as per the provisions under Section 161 and Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC),” said Jena.

The affidavit further states that the investigation is facing hurdles as there are no consistencies in the statements of the victim, he said.

Moreover, the accused (who have been named in the FIR) had undergone Polygraph tests and no noteworthy deviations were observed in their statements.

Jena further said, “As of now, no physical evidence has come to the fore in the investigation so far. As the investigation is still is in its preliminary stages, things will become clearer once the police submit the status report during the next hearing of the case on December 16,” he added.

On Wednesday DGP Abhay had submitted the latest status report on the probe in an envelope before the court.

However, the court expressed its displeasure over the tardy progress in the probe.
Earlier on November 9, the Orissa High Court had directed the DGP to appear personally during the next hearing of the case.

While hearing the case, the court had then expressed its displeasure over the status report submitted by the Crime Branch and directed the State police chief to file an affidavit during his personal appearance on November 18.

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