Wednesday, January 18, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Another Arrest Made in Pipili Gangrape Case

Another Arrest Made in Pipili Gangrape Case
PTI | Bhubaneswar | Jan 17, 2012

Another accused in the Pipili gangrape case in Odisha was arrested
today even as the state government failed to convince the family of
the dalit rape victim to shift her to AIIMS in Delhi for better

Crime Branch sleuths nabbed Premananda Nayak named in the FIR
registered at Pipili police station on January 9. "Nayak was arrested
from the house of one of his relations at Olakana village under Pipili
police station area," police said.

With this, the total number of accused persons arrested in the
incident rose to three. Efforts are on to trace another accused, Abua
Pradhan of Paparanga village.

An official team met the victim's brother Amulya Behera at SCB Medical
College Hospital in Cuttack, where the girl was under treatment, but
their efforts to convince the brother to shift her to AIIMS failed,
official sources said.

"The brother rejected government's offer in writing and suggested
bringing super specialists from outside if required," an official said
adding the family was afraid of going outside the state.

"They (alleged rapists) might kill us in Delhi. We do not feel secure
to visit AIIMS," the brother told reporters.

Another official team led by Puri Tehsildar Abani Patnaik visited the
victim's Arjungada village but found none at her house. "As her
parents were not there, we returned after hanging an information sheet
on the door to intimate them that state government representatives had
visited their village," an official told

Meanwhile, the state government informed the Orissa High Court about
the views of the girl's family doctor on shifting her to the AIIMS,
Delhi for better treatment.

The High Court had yesterday had made it clear that the victim could
not be shifted to AIIMS without prior permission of her parents.

Prasanta Pradhan, the prime accused in the dalit girl rape case, was
arrested on Sunday and sent to judicial custody for 14 days. The
police had yesterday nabbed Purna Chandra Swain another accused from
Pipili area.

Swain was produced before Judicial Magistrate, Pipili, Meenakshi
Priyadarshini, who sent him to two days' remand of the Crime Branch
(CB) for further interrogation.

The youth and student wings of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee
(OPCC) staged separate agitations here demanding CBI probe into the
alleged rape case and sacking of Odisha minister Pradeep Maharathy
accusing him of "shielding" the accused.

Ruling BJD activists and supporters of the minister, on the other
hand, blocked the Bhubaneshwar-Puri National Highway alleging that the
third accused, Nayak, was taking shelter in the house of a Congress

They withdrew the road blockade after the minister asked them not to
put people in trouble by blocking the NH.

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