Patrapur minor gangrape: Key accused nabbed; CM orders CB probe

Bhubaneswar: Series of developments unfolded today in connection with the gangrape of a minor girl in Patrapur of Ganjam distirct with the arrest of the a accused to Crime Branch probe being ordered into the incident by chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

After the Odisha Assembly witnessed repeated adjournment with opposition demanding Crime Branch probe into the incident, the Speaker directed the State government to furnish a reply on the matter.

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While furnishing his reply, Naveen informed that house that the State government has ordered a Crime Branch probe into the incident adding that the main accused Kamal Pradhan has been arrested by police.

The key accused Kamal Pradhan was arrested by police and was forwarded to court.

The victim on 28 March accompanied by her father and brother lodged a complaint before the Ganjam SP citing that it was a case of political hostility as her father had extended his support to a particular political party during panchayat elections at Patrapur block. Following her complaint, the SP had ordered the SDPO to probe the matter. Later on, yesterday the victim changed her statement.

On the other hand, after arrest, Kamal refuted rape allegations brought against him by the victim saying that both of them were in love and got married recently in a temple.

“While giving her statement before the magistrate, the victim said that not 5 persons but 1 person abducted her and kept her at Ankuli village. In the following days the accused married her and developed a physical relationship. Based on the victim’s statement we arrested the accused Kamal Pradhan yesterday and after conducting his medical examination today we have forwarded him to the court,” said Additional SP of Berhampur, Trinath Patel.