Raped minor’s suicide: Accused arrested from kin’s house

Dhenkanal: A day after Congress activists and family members of the minor rape victim who committed suicide fearing humiliation staged a road blockade in Dhenkanal town, police arrested the accused Ranjan Sahoo from Karagola village near Dandadhar under Kankadahada block in the district late last night.

The police were tipped off about the Ranjan’s whereabouts and raided the area last night. Sahoo was hiding at the house of his close relative in Karagola village, police said.

The accused confessed to the crime during interrogation, additional superintendent of police Anil Das said adding he will be produced in court today.

Sahoo had raped the minor girl allegedly after lifting her from her home at Bhagbanpur village, around 2 km away from the town, following which the girl committed suicide by setting herself on fire on Sunday fearing public humiliation

The family members and Mahila Congress activists staged road blockade at Baji Chowk in Dhenkanal town on Monday demanding immediate arrest of the accused and Rs 10 lakh compensation for the victim’s family.

Meanwhile, BJP activists along with the deceased’s family members blocked college by-pass road demanding Rs 10 lakh compensation.