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Bhubaneswar Minor Gang Rape Case: Suspect Cops Yet To Be Identified By Commissionerate Police

Bhubaneswar: Amid the controversies surrounding the alleged gang rape of a minor girl in Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police seems to be finding it difficult in identifying their own personnel accused of being involved in the crime.

Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash on Tuesday, while apparently trying to dodge questions regarding the steps taken by the investigators to identify and quiz the suspect policemen involved in the case, stated, “The probe in this connection is currently underway.”

It is worth mentioning here that even though three weeks have passed since the police registered an FIR into the allegations and initiated a probe, the cops appear to be clueless even about the identity of the policemen who have been mentioned in the complaint filed by the survivor’s mother.

On August 30, the mother of the survivor had lodged a formal police complaint with the police in connection with the alleged incident.

In the FIR, the complainant had categorically levelled allegations against, among others, a police personnel and two of his associates.

Nevertheless, the slow pace of investigation by Commissionerate Police in ascertaining the identity of the police personnel has raised serious questions over the direction of the probe. This is in the background of facts that the Mahila Police station is leaving no stones unturned in subjecting several senior employees of OTV to repeated and marathon questioning sessions in connection with a taped conversation which the channel had released in response to leaked tapes aired by some government-influenced channels pertaining to sexual harassment allegations.

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