Tuesday, December 8, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Rape, murder of Dalit: Couple arrested


By Express News Service
08 Dec 2009 04:22:00 AM IST

Rape, murder of Dalit: Couple arrested

BALASORE: Nilagiri police in Balasore district cracked the sensational
rape and murder of a Dalit girl that took place in a temple last month
and arrested a couple today. They were produced in a local court which
remanded them in judicial custody.
Police said the accused Kalandri Das (38) and his wife Labanyamani
(35) had confessed to the crime. On November 14, the girl Swarnalata
Dalai (23) was found raped and murdered on the compound of a local
temple in Banpur village under Nilagiri police limits. According to
the police, Das, a native of Chhada village in Bhadrak district, had
been residing in Banpur village since long and working as a mason.
Though he was married earlier, he again tied the knot with Labanyamani
and had been a neighbour of the victim. "On the fateful day when the
girl was fetching water from the tubewell on the temple premises, Das,
who was drunk, then dragged her into the temple under construction and
raped her. Later the couple strangulated her to death," said SP Rekha
The incident created a sensation in the area when former MLA Chitta
Ranjan Sarangi demanded a Crime Branch probe claiming involvement of a
few students of a local technical school after the police dog entered
the school's hostel during the investigation.
Meanwhile, several Dalit leaders have demanded compensation to the
victim's family. Susil Kumar Singh, secretary of Adibashi Development
Sanskrutik Sanshad, has demanded Rs 1 lakh compensation to the
victim's family. "In 1995, a girl of general caste was gang-raped and
murdered in Nilagiri. Her family was then compensated with Rs 1 lakh
from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund," he said to drive his point


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