OHRC Asks Home Secretary To File Report In Dalit Minor Girl Gangrape Case In Koraput


Bhubaneswar: The gang rape of a minor dalit girl allegedly by four armed jawans in Koraput district on October 10 has been categorized as a ‘Red Flag’ case by Odisha police, said DGP RP Sharma today.

Talking to the media, a visibly upset DGP RP Sharma today said that the Koraput minor girl gang rape has been classified as a red flag case. A case has been registered at the Pottangi police station under Sections 376 (D), 377 of IPC and Section 6 of POCSO Act in this connection.

The investigation of the case is in full swing and the police was investigating the matter from several angles. All efforts are being made to dig out the truth and stringent action will be taken against the perpetrators involved in the crime in case the allegations were found to be true. “The focus however is to first identify the persons involved in the incident,” he said.

“CRPF, BSF, CoBRA and district police personnel often move in these areas. Naxals also wear the camouflage uniforms of the security personnel,” the DGP said answering the alleged involvement of security personnel in the incident.

All scientific methods are being used in the investigation process to identify the persons involved and a Crime Branch team and forensic experts from Berhampur have been dispatched to assist the local police in collection of evidence for expediting the investigation. Besides, an expert FMT doctor will also be involved in the medical examination of the victim, the DGP added.

Tension prevailed in the entire Pottangi area today as irate villagers staged road blockade burning tyres and disrupting vehicular movement. The agitators demanding immediate arrest of the jawans involved in the incident detained the SDPO and the Pottangi IIC for hours.

Meanwhile, the Odisha Human Rights Commission(OHRC), taking independent cognigance of the case has asked the state Home Secretary to submit a probe report within a week on this gruesome incident.
The police said that the badly bruised girl is undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital in Koraput.


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