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Cong criticises BJD govt for alleged and murder of widow

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

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The BJD regime in over the alleged rape and of a widow in Dhenkanal district and said it would hold a state-wide agitation on June 19 demanding assistance to the woman's family and trial of the case in fast track

"The gangrape and brutal of the 45-year-old woman in Kankadahada area was as barbaric as the horrific Nirbhaya episode of But failed to handle it seriously," PCC President Prasad Harichandan told reporters here.

Though four persons have been arrested in connection with the June 12 incident, it has exposed the failure of the to ensure safety and security of women, he said and accused the police of being soft on the accused.

The accused werenot booked under relevant sections of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and though there are two ministers from the area, none has so far visited the village where the incident took place, he said.

Urging the state to provide help to the woman's family, Harichandan demanded an assistance of Rs 20 lakh to the affected family and trial of the case in a special fast track

The party, he said, would hold an agitation at the district headquarters of the state and other places on June 19 over the issue by the party's women's wing and ST-SC cell.

BJP too raised questions about the investigation that was conducted in the case by the police. BJP women wing president Prabhati Parida alleged that the case was not probed in "a proper and serious manner" and some more people are suspected to have been involved in the crime.

The BJP leader also demanded that trial of the case be held in a fast track

Four persons were arrested yesterday in connection with the alleged gangrape and of the widow on the night of June 12 at Balikuma village in Kankadahada area of Dhenkanal district.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 20:13 IST