Rape bid on minor girl

Khurdha: An autorickshaw driver was arrested on the charges of attempting to rape a minor girl at Jatani area on Wednesday night.

The incident occured when the girl, a resident of Jajpur who had come to the town for taking admission in a vocational college here, was waiting for bus. The accused reached there and convinced her that he would drop her at Baramunda bus stand in Bhubaneswar.

However, he instead took a de tour and drove towards Angarapada area via Gophira as the girl did not know the real route to her destination. When the auto was passing through an isolated stretch, he attempted to abuse her physically. In bid to save herself from the assault, the girl jumped off the running vehicle.

Passersby and local people rescued her who had sustained minor injuries. They also manage to capture the culprit and handed him over to police. The accused driver, however, denied the allegation and narrated his own story before the police.