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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In August this year, the mother of alleged gang rape survivor in Bhubaneswar in a complaint lodged with the Mahila Police, had alleged that two staffers of a particular media house, two security personnel and three more including a police officer and his associates had raped her daughter.

In spite of any evidence, today when the Crime Branch arrested four persons including two associated with the media house, suddenly all eyes have turned towards the policemen who were named by the complainant.

While the matter is under investigation, questions are being raised whether the accused police personnel have been interrogated by the Crime Branch officials so far.

The three police personnel whose names cropped up in the statement of the survivor's mother included one Subash Mishra and his two associates. All three are reportedly on the run and now are said to have gone untraceable.

Another major concern that has grabbed all eyeballs is the conspicuous silence of the CB officials, who are yet to gather information on the whereabouts of the accused police personnel and trace them. Surprisingly, the police personnel accused in raping the minor girl are yet to appear despite repeated summons in this connection.

It is pertinent to note that Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash himself had stated about the complainant naming police personnel. "A complaint was lodged at Mahila Police Station in Bhubaneswar on August 30, in which the survivor's mother alleged that her minor daughter was gang-raped several times by eight persons including some policemen in March and April during lockdown period. Based on the complaint, a case was registered at the police station under various sections of IPC and POCSO Act," the DCP had said.

Questioned on the delay in arrest of the policemen involved in the alleged crime, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) chairperson Sandhyabati Pradhan today said, "There are chances of destruction of evidence if the probe gets delayed. Crime Branch is investigating the involvement of the accused policemen in the case."

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