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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: A four-member team of Odisha Crime Branch on Tuesday began a probe into the alleged rape and subsequent abortion of a minor girl in Sundergarh district.

A special CID team led by a female DSP has been roped into the case. Besides, Crime Branch SP has also been asked to make an on-spot visit to inquire into the case.

ADG (Crime Branch) SK Priyadarshi while addressing a press meet today termed the case as ‘very sensitive’ due to involvement of police personnel in the case.

“The alleged rape and abortion of a minor girl in Sundergarh district is a very sensitive issue. So a 4-member team of Crime Branch led by a lady DSP rank officer has begun probe into the incident. We hope that we will crack the case soon,” Priyadarshi said.

Earlier in the day, Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay through a tweet informed that he has ordered a Crime Branch probe into the matter.

The State government had earlier suspended Biramitrapur police station in-charge Anand Chandra Majhi in connection with the case. However, he is reportedly absconding and police are yet to nab him. Besides, the cops are in search of five others including a doctor who conducted the illegal abortion.

Meanwhile, the State unit of BJP today cornered the Odisha government on the issue and alleged that though the minor tribal girl was harassed, no case has been registered under SC/ST act.

“Not only in Sundergarh, the State government had earlier ignored a similar incident which happened in Malkangiri district. In both the cases, the girls became victims of police atrocities,” BJP general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan said.

The saffron party has also demanded a SIT probe in both the cases and threatened to continue agitation until all the accused are put behind bars.

The reaction of the State government could not be obtained.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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