Locals protest rape, murder of minor girl in Kandhamal

Kandhamal: A day after mutilated body of a minor girl was found, locals today staged a road blockade at Kothagarh demanding capital punishment for the accused involved in the alleged rape and murder case.

Besides closure of liquor shops, the locals staged the demonstration demanding compensation for the family members of the deceased minor girl. Movement of vehiclar traffic between Kandhamal and Rayagada was disrupted following the agitation.

Earlier the body of theminor school girl was recovered from a forest under Kotagarh police limits in Kandhamal district yesterday.

According to family sources, the girl had gone to attend nature’s call after returning from school in the morning. However, when she did not return, her family members lodged an FIR at the police station.

Later, the girl’s body was found from the nearby forest.

Carrying out investigation into the incident, police today arrested the accused Gagan Pradhan.

“Our probe in connection with the incident is on,” said Baliguda SDPO, Nitin Kushalkar.

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