Rape allegation not substantiated: CB

Pipili/Bhubaneswar: The alleged Pipili gang rape case today took a curious turn with the state crime branch in its 448-page chargesheet submitted in the Pipli JMFC court ruling out any evidence of rape while it mentioned that the main accused tried to strangulate the victim to take revenge. The crime branch today submitted the chargesheet against main accused Prashant Pradhan alias Pasei and his brother Sukant Pradhan alias Abua after recording statements of 66 witnesses and also on the basis of the lie detection test and the report of the team of forensic experts from AIIMS, New Delhi. However, the crime branch has completely absolved the two other accuseds, Premananda Nayak and Gunachandra Swain in the sensational case.

The alleged incident had taken place in village Arjunagoda under Pipili police station on November 29, 2011. The family members of the victim now undergoing treatment in the SCB medical in Cuttack went to the Human Rights Commission as the police did not register the FIR in this connection.

The crime branch in its report revealed that accused Prashant Pradhan was "friendly with the victim and developed a feeling of intimacy with her." However, a few months prior to the November incident the accused developed a sense of betrayal for she "had become friendly with other young persons and was avoiding his company." Driven by the sense of betrayal Prashant decide to kill the girl and he did confide this fact to one of his associates.

The chargesheet said "on the day of the incident, November 29, 2011, Prashant used the dupatta of the victim to strangulate her" and ran away thinking she was dead. The report categorically stated that it was Prashant alone who attacked the girl. Prashant returned to his village after one week as no police action was forth coming. But Prashant`s brother Abua had threatened the victim`s family members though no direct role in physically attacking the victim came to light.

The crime branch chargesheet reached the conclusion that "no piece of evidence has come substantiating the allegation of rape." On the basis of corroborative evidence the chargesheet mentioned that " when the victim was recovered in unconscious state from the spot, the ear phones of the mobile was in her ears. This is consistent with sudden attack at the neck by strangulation rather than prolonged attack."

Moreover, in his examination in lie detection test, Prashant admitted to the fact of strangulation and attempt to kill the victim but not admitted to rape or attempt to rape. The medico-legal examination of victim Medical Board of AIIMS, New Delhi as well as chemical examination of the victim`s garments had also ruled out rape.

In the chargesheet the crime branch has said that "however, there is evidence of these two persons (Prashant Pradhan and Sukant Pradhan) threatening the family members of the victim." The crime branch however said that it kept the case open to examine the victim, now admitted to the SCB medical in Cuttack, when she is able to record her statement.