Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In a sensational twist to the abduction and brutal murder of five-year-old girl Pari, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Odisha Crime Branch in its affidavit submitted before the Orissa High Court today mentioned that the minor was raped before being murdered, sources said.

Sources further said that the prime accused has been identified. He belongs to Jadupur village in Nayagarh district, the native place of the deceased.

Mentioning details on the progress of the investigation, the SIT in its affidavit stated, "The motive of the murder is she (Pari) was raped. The investigation revealed that Pari was stripped naked before she was murdered. That she has been raped before being killed was confirmed from the samples collected from her clothes."

The SIT submitted the status report to the High Court in a sealed envelope. The Advocate General informed the court about the submission of the status report of the case. The Court has admitted it and scheduled the next hearing on the petition on December 24.

Arun Bothra-led SIT started its investigation on December 2 by questioning key accused Babuli Nayak at his village in Jadupur in Nayagarh district. The SIT members had also held discussions with the district police who were investigating the case prior to that.

The abduction and subsequent murder of the little girl sparked a state-wide outcry after the victim’s parents Soudamini and Ashok Sahoo attempted self-immolation in front of the Assembly building during the winter session, recently.

Five-year-old girl Pari of Jadupur village in Nayagarh district was kidnapped on July 14 this year when she was playing outside her house. Her skeletal remains were recovered from the backyard of her house nine days later. While there were allegations of involvement of a human organ trafficking syndicate behind her murder, the SIT preliminary probe report reportedly citing rape and murder has for sure put the action of district police in question.

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