Police have knowledge of the sex racket running in Konark: BJP, Congress

Puri: A day after the rape survivor hailing from West Bengal was rescued from Konark, Odisha BJP Mahila Morcha chief Prabhati Parida and the State Mahila Congress Parishad president Sumitra Jena on Thursday made shocking allegations claiming that police in Konark have knowledge of the sex racket running in area.

Both the senior leaders alleged this after meeting the rape survivor at the Puri District Headquarters hospital today. They also enquired about the health condition of the survivor.

The BJP’s women’s wing chief slammed the state government and district police for failing to provide safety and security to women in the State. “This episode has maligned the image of Arkakhetra and police is equally responsible for this. We will demand the State government to direct police to launch a detailed investigation and would also write to Centre on this,” Parida said.

Levelling similar allegations, Mahila Congress chief Sumitra Jena said, “We demand the Puri SP to bust the sex rackets running in Puri and Konark. Repeated incidents like this have defamed the tourist place to much extent. All this is happening because police has become irresponsible. A new IIC should be appointed soon.”

While no comment could be obtained on the allegations, Puri Additional Superintendent of Police Gagarin Mohanty informed that police have detained two persons in connection with the incident.

Mohanty said, “A serious investigation has been launched while cases have been registered under Sections 3, 4, 5, and 6, 7 under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). The Inspector and SDPO have been given the charge of probe. The detainees are being interrogated to elicit more information on the case.”

Reportedly, the woman was allegedly gang raped by multiple men after being held captive by a youth for 10 days inside a house in Konark. The survivor was rescued by the Fire Services personnel yesterday in a critical condition and rushed to hospital where she is undergoing treatment.