Pipli main accused undergoes polygraph test

Bhubaneswar: Crime Branch today conducted a polygraph test on the main accused in the sensational Pipli gang rape case even as the Odisha government provided financial assistance of Rs 75,000 to the victim`s family. "Polygraph test has been conducted at the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Bhubaneswar with due permission of the court," said Crime Branch DSP Ramesh Sethy.

The main accused Prashanta Pradhan was sent to judicial custody after the test. Though a total of four persons had been arrested for the crime that took place on November 28 last year, the probe agency chose Prasanta Pradhan for the lie detection test, the official said. Pradhan was in police custody for five days twice.

The Crime Branch conducted the polygraph test on Pradhan as it has to submit a status report on the investigation into the matter at the High Court on January 25. In another development, District Welfare Officer, Puri, Kali Prasad Das visited SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack and handed over two cheques worth Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 to Amulya Behera, the brother of the victim.

Meanwhile, the hospital authorities today started music therapy for the victim whose brain cell are dormant after the November 2011 incident, hospital superintendent D N Moharana said. As the girl, according to her parents, was fond of music while active, Dr Moharana said the 13-member super specialist team of the Medical College Hospital, decided to try the music therapy.

Among the choices made for the treatment of the girl, the hospital authorities are plying devotional songs dedicated to Lord Jagannath and Lord Shiv in slow pitch with gaps, he said. "Besides, voices of her parents and close relatives are also being played to activate her brain cells which remained dormant for some days," he said.