Koraput: The Odisha Pradesh Congress today launched its two-day long march from the Musaguda village, the native village of gang rape survivor, in the district to protest the state government’s and in particular the police department’s failure to arrest the accused persons involved in the Kunduli gang rape incident which took place last week.
The foot march named as “Deomalira Nirbhaya Sandesh” would terminate at the DIG office in the district headquarters tomorrow.
Koraput MLA Krushna Sagaria and Nabarangpur MP Pradeep Majhi led the protest march. OPCC President Prasad Harichandan also joined the party workers in the foot march.
“We demand stringent action against the accused involved in the heinous act as well as compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the victim”, said OPCC Chief Prasad Harichandan.
However, the foot march was mired in controversy as the Jeypore MLA and Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati stayed away from the march. The senior Congress leader later told the media that he was unaware about the march as he was not intimated to take part nor was it decided at the party level.
Notably, the dalit gang rape victim was abducted while she was returning from the Kunduli haat on the ill-fated day and brutally gang raped allegedly by a group of four persons in security uniform on October 10.
Meanwhile, the district police which had taken four youths from village Musagada for interrogation have released three of them as they were found to be innocent.
The gang rape survivor is still undergoing treatment at the Saheed Laxman Nayak Hospital in Koraput and is stated to be in a stable condition.