Naveen orders judicial probe, IIC suspended

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: Chief minister Naveen Pattanaik today ordered for a judicial probe into the sensational Pipli gang rape incident while the firestor general of state police Manmohan Praharaj put the former IIC of the Pipli police station under suspension for alleged negligence in duty.

"Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ordered a judicial probe into the alleged rape and harassment of a dalit girl in Pipili area of Puri district," Chief secretary B K Patnaik told reporters here. Justice P K Mohanty, a retired judge of Odisha High Court will head the commission, he said adding the judicial commission would submit its report within three months. The decision to conduct a judicial probe into the gang rape case was taken after home department secretary U N Behera submitted a report on the incident.

Earlier in the day, the government suspended the former Pipili police station in-charge Amulya Champatiray after it was found that the officer concerned did not register a case a day after the alleged rape which took place on November 28, 2011. The police registered the case only on January 9, 2012 after the Odisha High Court and State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) intervened in the matter.

Champatiray was two days ago transferred from Pipili police station to Puri police reserve, an action which was criticised by women`s organisations as taking a `soft attitude` against the erring police officer.

Meanwhile, the superintendent of the SCB medical in Cuttack where the rape victim is undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit in nhis affidavit told the High Court that the there was some improvement in the condition of the victim though she was still critical and in a comatic state. Likewise, the deputy commissioner of police, Cuttack, informed the court that the police had provided round the clock security for the rape victim. The court observed that the victim could be shifted to any super speciality hospital in the country if the SCB authorities felt so.

The HC had on Wednesday directed the state crime branch police to arrest all the four accused named in the FIR, investigate the matter and submit a status report of the case to it on January 16, besides ordering the government to provide her free treatment and protection.