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Police ASI among 2 arrested in Bargarh rape case

Press Trust of India  |  Sambalpur (Odisha) 

A and a 22-year-old man were arrested on Monday for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl in Odisha's district, police said.

(ASI) in Sohela Banmali Kuanr and a youth -- Kaibalya alias Rinku Nag (22) -- were arrested on charge of raping the minor girl three days ago, Superintendent of Police, Bhamo said.

While the ASI was placed under suspension, both the accused have been booked under relevant sections of POCSO Act, the SP said.

He said a Deputy (DSP) in Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) has been entrusted with the task of conducting a departmental inquiry into the incident.

The girl, a student of class X, was kidnapped by Nag of Melchhamunda while she went for tuition on February 8, Her family members lodged a complaint with the station in this regard, police said.

Preliminary investigation showed Nag, who was known to ASI Banmali Kuanr as well as the girl, took her to Sohela on February 8. He took the girl to the rented house of the ASI and allegedly raped her before locking the door from outside.

The ASI, who went to the house in the evening, took the girl to his government quarter on the premises of the station, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her, police said.

The next day, the ASI took the girl out and left her at Sohela bus stand. She was later spotted by Melchhamunda police and was handed over to her family members.

(SDPO), Padampur, Laxminarayan Panda said, the matter came to light after the girl was traced. A case was registered at station on the basis of her statement and the accused were arrested.

The incident evoked sharp reaction from opposition political parties with demanding the resignation of

State women wing said Patnaik has lost moral right to remain in power after the arrest of a for raping a minor.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 21:50 IST