Odishatv Bureau

Koraput: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) today directed Koraput District Collector and Superintendent of Police to depose before it on April 24 in connection with the Kunduli gang rape and suicide case.

Earlier in February, a three-member team of NCSC led by Yogendra Paswan had visited Odisha for probe into the case. The panel had pointed out gross negligence on the part of the State government, police and doctors.

Paswan had said that from ground zero assessment, the callousness of the state government is quite evident.

There was blatant discrepancy in the forensic reports, minimum compensation to the kin of the victim was not paid as per norms and the State government is not paying any heed to the demands of the family members to conduct a CBI probe into the case, the NCSC had pointed out.

On October 10, 2017, the minor girl had alleged that four persons in uniform gang raped her. Following public outcry, police probed the matter which was later handed over to the Crime Branch. Later on November 6, 2017, Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) ADG, Mahendra Pratap made a shocking revelation that the victim was not raped.

Amid all the hue and cry, the minor girl committed suicide by hanging herself inside her house on January 22. Later in February, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered a court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the case.

Even six months since her alleged gang rape and nearly three months after her suicide, the investigating agencies probing the matter are still clueless.