Pipli victim shifted to SCB medical
Several politicians visited the Capital hospital before the gang rape victim was shifted to the SCB medical. The politicians held discussuions with the family members of the victim. The brother of the victim and leaders like Archana Nayak of the BJP and Sandhya Mohapatra of Congress have raised fingers at agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy though the minister denied that he put pressure on the police.
The team of crime branch officials headed by DSP R Sethi today quizzed the family members of the victim regarding the case in the Capital hospital itself. The team membedrs too have recorded statements of family members staying at her native village. The family members reportedly have named one Pasei Pradhan as the main accused in the gruesome case.
The family members told the team of investigators that Pasei Pradhan hailed from village Popar and the victim`s father was working as a regular labouer for the tractor owned by Pasei. Pasei was accused in another rape case in 2008 and the victim was witness in the case. Pasei used to pressurise the woman now under treatment in SCB medical not to give witness in the case. Pasei also proposed to marry her as his wife was dead but the victim spurned the proposals as he hailed from a different caste. Pasei was hurt and wanted to take revenge on the young woman. Ultimately, the heinous crime took place on November 28. Pasei has been on the run and the police have started searches to trace him.
The family members of the victim too have complained against the Pipli police to the crime branch investigators. The mother of the victim complained that the Pipli police not once but thrice hesitated to register named FIR against Pasei and on November 30 the Pipli police insisted that the elder brother of the victim must delete the name of Pasei from the FIR. However, the Pipli police denied to say anything since the crime branch was investigating the sensational case. Leaders of several opposition parties have demanded that the investigation should be handed over to the CBI for a free and fair inquiry.