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Devbrat Patnaik

Nayagarh: Fresh allegations have been levelled against Inspector General of Police Arun Bothra, the head of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) currently investigating the abduction and murder of five-year-old girl of Jadupur village in Nayagarh district.

A complaint has been lodged against Bothra at the Nayagarh Sadar Police Station, wherein he has been accused of torturing and assaulting one Saroj Sethi, allegedly arrested by the SIT and is stated to be the prime accused in the case.

Mother of Saroj Sethi, who has filed the complaint against the SIT chief, alleged, "They (SIT) have arrested my son for no reasons. I have complained this to the Sadar Police. SIT told my son to admit to the crime and assured Rs 5 lakh cash benefit for the same citing that it will ease the family's financial constraints. The SIT asked my son to accept the charges against him and said they will ensure his punishment is reduced."

Sethi's mother further alleged that her son has been subjected to physical and mental torture. "My son is not guilty. The demo conducted in the village was fake as my son was forced by SIT to do so. He has been physically tortured and falsely implicated in this case," the elderly woman said.

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However, the Crime Branch SIT has clarified that it has sufficient evidence against the arrestee, clearly stating that he is the prime accused in the ghastly crime. “The SIT has acquired sufficient evidence against the accused. After interrogating him multiple times in the last ten days, we got vital evidence, on the basis of which we have arrested him. I would like to confirm the fact that this man (the arrestee) is the prime accused. An investigation is on to find if there is involvement of any other person in the case,” said Arun Bothra on Monday during his visit to Jadupur, the native village of the deceased minor girl.

The SIT has stated that the arrested accused has been booked under IPC sections 376-A, 376AB, 364, 302, 201, and Section 6 of the POCSO Act.

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