Bhubaneswar:Surat police Monday sought the help of state police to establish the identity of a minor girl whose mutilated body had been found near a playground at Surat April 6.
Gujarat minister of state for home PS Jadeja Monday shared a link which said that the nine-year-old who was found dead in Surat after being tortured and raped, was reportedly from Odisha.
“The police are yet to get any information about the deceased girl’s identification. Her photograph is being matched with those of more than 8,000 missing children. Local CCTV footage and call records have been examined. In this regard we have contacted Odisha DGP,” said Jadeja while speaking to media.
The body of the minor girl was found by police near a cricket ground in Surat’s Bhestan area where mostly people from Odisha reside. A post-mortem report revealed that she was raped and tortured for eight days before being strangulated to death.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police RP Sharma confirmed that the Gujarat police had shared details of the rape and murder victim. While speaking to the media at a presser here, he said, “We have got information from the commissioner of Surat that an unidentified body of a girl was found near a cricket field April 6.”
“Surat police failed to get the identity of the girl till the evening of April 15. They are suspecting that the girl might be from Odisha and that is why they have shared all the facts related to the case with us at 8 pm April 15. We have subsequently sent the details to superintendents of police.
They have been directed to find out if any missing cases of minor girls were reported and verify whether the girl hailed from Odisha.”
He further said that as per the information shared by the Surat police, the girl was slim, aged between 9 and 13 and had a fair complexion. She was found wearing a blue colored T-shirt and leggings. Her height was around 4 feet.
4-yr-old’s rape: Accused held
Sajanagad: Acting on a tip-off, Nilagiri police Monday arrested the accused who had raped a four-year-old girl at Hatasahi village under Nilagiri police limits in Balasore district.
A special team conducted a raid and arrested Nitya Chandan Jena (24) from Bhadrak. Later, he was taken for interrogation.
Meanwhile, the minor victim recorded her statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC). Earlier, officials of the District Child Protection Committee visited the victim and admitted her to a hospital for medical examination.
The incident occurred Friday while the girl was playing outside her house.
Din over Balasore rape cases
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly Monday witnessed repeated adjournments amid an uproar by Congress members over the “deteriorating law and order situation” and “increasing crime against women” in the state.
With the opposition remaining hell-bent on its demand for a discussion and a clarification from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the sensitive matter, the Speaker finally gave a ruling to take up the matter on the floor of the house April 19.
As soon as the house assembled for the question hour, Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra urged Speaker PK Amat to initiate a discussion on two recent rape cases in Balasore district.
A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a local youth Sunday when she had gone out to attend a fair in Soro police station area of the district. The incident happened two days after another four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour and her private parts mutilated in Nilagiri area of the district.
As the Speaker refused to initiate the discussion, angry Congress members rushed to the well of the house, shouting slogans against the state government.
Some of them tried to dislodge the microphone from the Speaker’s table. Unable to run the house, the Speaker adjourned the house till 11.30 am. The Assembly, however, witnessed a similar situation when the members reassembled for the zero hour.
Mishra alleged that around six cases of rape are reported in the state everyday while the rate of conviction is only six per annum. He alleged that when a victim approaches a police station to file an FIR, she is asked which party she belongs to. “If she is not a supporter of the ruling party, the FIR is not accepted. The present government is using police for its political gain,” he alleged, adding, “In such a situation the Speaker should immediately allow a discussion on the issue suspending other businesses of the house, while the leader of the house should suo moto place a statement.”
The Congress members sought a statement from the CM on the two rape cases. Despite requests, when the Congress members refused to relent, the Speaker adjourned the house for the second time in the day till 3 pm. However, there was no let-up in the din when the house reconvened. Following this the Speaker adjourned the house twice till 4 pm and convened a meeting to end the stalemate. Later, to restore normalcy he gave a ruling that the house will take up the matter for discussion April 19.
“The state government is yet to take any action on the two rape cases in Balasore district,” Mishra told reporters outside the house. Samir Ranjan Dash, BJD member and a party spokesman, said, “The Naveen Patnaik government never spares culprits.” “Strong action will be taken in these cases too. They could have raised the issue at an appropriate forum.”