Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: With senior IPS officer Arun Bothra led SIT making the first arrest in the sensational Pari murder case after a long gap of exactly 126 days of the incident, the charges slapped by the SIT bares the plot behind five-year old girl Pari’s disappearance from her native village Jadupur in Nayagarh on July 14.

Moreover, the arrest and charges slapped by SIT again point to the lackadaisical probe into this sensational case by Nayagarh police that has now snowballed into a big political controversy. Both Congress and BJP have gone for the Jugular of Naveen Patnaik government and his important Cabinet Minister Arun Sahoo.

“Despite recovering Pari’s dead body on July 23, why the Nayagarh police had treated the case as a kidnapping case (charges slapped section 363),” questioned BJP firebrand leader Lekhashri Samantsinghar.

However, the SIT investigation has nailed that the little girl was kidnapped in order to murder. For which, SIT has slapped the section of 364 under IPC.

As per senior advocate Nishikant Mahapatra, when SIT  has said that the five year old girl was kidnapped with an intention to murder. Then SIT has to establish the motive of crime in the court. “The cardinals of criminal justice say that when a kidnap or murder takes place, it always carries a motive,” he observed.

A look at the charges framed against the accused, whose name is yet to be disclosed, hints at the motive. By invoking the sections of 376-A/376-AB of IPC, SIT has now attributed the motive of kidnapping and murder to rape.

The slapping of the section 201 of IPC shows that SIT probe has found evidences that Pari was murdered and her body was destroyed in order to destroy the evidence of rape.

“In order to prove rape charges, forensic and medico-legal reports are considered to be the clincher in criminal justice system of India. But here the corpus delicti (body of the crime) is absent. SIT has no medico-legal opinion,” Mahapatra observed.

However, it needs mentioning that in its submission before Orissa HC, SIT had informed the court that semen stained clothes of the 5-year old girl was found. And SIT had sent the sample for medical examination.

Highly placed sources said only after getting conclusive results of semen stain (genetics) examination, SIT has decided to go for the arrest of the purported accused in Pari case.

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