Women harassment: Witnesses identify 3 accused in TI parade

Bhubaneswar: The witnesses recognised three accused who are allegedly involved in the molestation and groping incident of three girls during test identification (TI) parade here on Tuesday. The parade was conducted in the presence of a magistrate in Jharpada jail here.

The accused, all in mid 20s, are identified by three girls who were ‘physically harassed’ by the accused near magnet square on Patia-Nandankanan road on Friday.

Police said, statements of the witnesses have also been recorded under Section 160.

In a related development, another accused, identified as Saroj Tripathy, was arrested after he surrendered before the police earlier in the day. The police has so far arrested five in connection with the case.

Police said, at least five of their accomplices involved in the incident are still at large.

The incident occurred around 3.10 pm when the girls were returning from Nandankanan zoo. The unruly accused allegedly stalked them and passed lewd comments at them. When the girls protested, the youths attacked them. The tormenters would have remained unidentified had the girls not shot a video, showing their faces and bike.

While two of the accused own mobile repair shops, the third one works in the Nandankanan zoo, police said.

The capital city had witnessed such a brazen atrocity on a girl on September 10, 2016 when a group of tipsy men kidnapped her and molested her in a moving car near Khandagiri area.