Saswat Singhdeo

Nabarangpur: The last rites of the girl allegedly gang raped and murdered in Nabarangpur was performed today in the presence of district sub-collector, Kodinga tehsildar and family members of the victim.

As per reports, sub-collector Bhaskar Raita lent a shoulder to the mortal remains of the victim while it was being carried to the cremation ground. The district administration gave Rs 20,000 cash towards expense for the last rites , Rs 2000 under Harishchandra scheme and Rs 10,000 cash assistance to the family.

While villagers have demanded Rs 20 lakh assistance for the victim's family, sub-collector has assured to forward their request to the State government.

The 16-year-old girl girl had moved out of her house to attend nature’s call after completing her daily chores on Friday  night when she was allegedly gang raped and murdered. Two persons have been detained in connection with the case by Kotpad police.

On the other hand, senior BJP leader Balabhadra Majhi on Sunday slammed the Odisha government for the incident and demanded a judicial probe into it.

The former MP from Nabarangpur constituency also demanded capital punishment for the accused and Rs 15 lakh compensation for the victim's family.

The incident at Gumandoli village under the jurisdiction of Kosagumuda police station on Friday night showed that law and order situation has collapsed in the state with an alarming spurt in cases of rape and murder of women, Majhi told reporters here.

Holding Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik responsible for rise in crimes against women, the former MP said that cases of rape and murder increased in a peaceful district like Nabarangpur.

Due to improper implementation of MGNREGA scheme the father of the girl had gone to a neighbouring state in search of work, Majhi said, adding, the father's absence from home became an opportunity for the accused to kidnap the girl, rape and murder her.

"An investigation has been initiated and the case will be cracked soon," the Superintendent of Police of the district, Nitin Kusalkar, said.

(With PTI inputs)