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Odishatv Bureau

Koraput: The Commission of Inquiry today started hearing in the Kunduli gang rape and suicide case.

Inspector-In-Charge of Pottangi police station Deb Kumar Gamang and Inspector of Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) Mamata Panigrahi today deposed before the Court of District and Sessions Judge in Jeypore of Koraput district in connection with the case.

Earlier on April 29, a team of the Commission had carried out an on-the-ground investigation into the case. The three member team led by Koraput District & Sessions Judge – cum – Commissioner Bidyut Kumar Mishra visited Musaguda village and questioned the family members of the victim. It also visited the crime spot, where the minor girl had been allegedly gang raped by “four persons in uniform”.

The minor girl, on October 10, 2017, had alleged that four “persons in uniform” gang raped her. Following public outcry, the case was first investigated by the police and later handed over to the Crime Branch.

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 hanged herself to death at her house on January 22.

Later on February 7, the Chief Minister ordered a judicial probe into the incident. Initially the Commission was asked to submit its report within three months. However after its tenure expired on March 25, 2018, the Home Department on March 26, 2018, extended the Commission’s tenure by three months.

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