Sunday, January 22, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalit rape: Polygraph test on prime accused

Dalit rape: Polygraph test on prime accused
PTI | Jan 21, 2012, 09.04PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Crime Branch today conducted a polygraph test on the main
accused in the sensational rape and attempt to murder case of a Dalit
girl even as the Odisha government provided financial assistance of Rs
75,000 to the victim's family.

"Polygraph test has been conducted at the State Forensic Science
Laboratory in Bhubaneswar with due permission of the court," said
Crime Branch DSP Ramesh Sethy, adding that Prasanta Pradhan was sent
to judicial custody after the test.

Though a total of four persons had been arrested for the crime that
took place on November 28 last year, the probe agency chose Prasanta
Pradhan for the lie detection test, the official said. Pradhan was in
police custody for five days twice.

The Crime Branch conducted the polygraph test on Pradhan as it has to
submit a status report on the investigation into the matter at the
High Court on January 25.

In another development, District Welfare Officer, Puri, Kali Prasad
Das visited SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack and handed over
two cheques worth Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 to Amulya Behera, the
brother of the victim.

Meanwhile, the hospital authorities today started music therapy for
the victim whose brain cell are dormant after the November 2011
incident, hospital superintendent D N Moharana said.

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