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Vikash Sharma

Nabarangpur: The body of a 16-year-old girl, who had reportedly gone missing from her village under Kosagumuda Police limits in Nabarangpur district yesterday, was recovered from an agricultural field on Saturday. Two persons have been detained in connection with the case.

The family members of the deceased girl alleged it to be a case of gang rape and murder as two jean pants were recovered near the girl’s body.

According to reports, the deceased minor girl had moved out of her house to attend nature’s call after completing her daily chores yesterday night. As she did not return for long, the family members along with other villagers launched a search operation. However, they could not trace the girl last night.

"Her father works as a bonded labourer to earn a living for his family. Now she has been raped and murdered so we urge the state government to take action against the accused at the earliest," said Kadambini Tripathi, Chairperson of Maa Ghar group.

Tension gripped the area after the body of the missing girl was recovered from an agricultural field, around 500 meters away from the village. As two pants, suspected to be of two youths, were recovered some 200 meters away from the girl’s body, the family members alleged that she was killed after being gang raped.

Speaking on the issue, a Congress leader Munna Tripathy said, "It is very evident that the girl was raped and strangulated to death as two jean pants were found at the crime scene and blood has come out of her nose."

Assuring action against the accused, DGP Abhay said, "Concerned SP is investigating the matter and stern action will be taken after probe report is received"

Meanwhile, a police team has reached the spot and further investigation in connection with the incident is underway.

Nabarangpur SP Nitin Kushalkar said, "An extremely unfortunate incident has taken place. An investigation is currently underway and the accused will be arrested soon."

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