Wednesday, January 18, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Minister denies link with alleged rapist of dalit teenager

Minister denies link with alleged rapist of dalit teenager
PTI | 08:01 PM,Jan 17,2012

Bhubaneswar, Jan 17 (PTI) Amidst a statewide outcry demanding his
resignation from the council of ministers over the alleged rape of a
dalit girl at Pipili in Puri district, Odisha's Agriculture minister
Pradeep Maharathy today denied charges against him. "I have no link
with the accused persons though the incident took place in my assembly
segment of Pipili," Maharathy said rejecting the allegations of
harbouring the criminals at his farm house. Terming allegations
against him as "false" and "baseless", the Agriculture minister said
that he came to know about the alleged rape incident only from the
media. "As I came to know about the incident from media, how can I
provide them (criminals) shelter," the minister said. Claiming that he
was busy in election campaigning for the ruling BJD candidate at
Umarkote in Nabarangpur district on the date of the alleged rape
incident, the minister said "I have not put any pressure on the police
in this matter." "Not in this case, I have never put pressure on the
police in any matter," he claimed adding that he had absolute faith on
the judiciary. "I hope the Judicial Commission will unearth the truth
behind the incident. I also hope that the state's criminal
investigation department, crime branch will catch the culprits
involved in the alleged rape incident," he added. Prasanta Pradhan the
prime accused and two other accused Purna Chandra Swain and Premananda
Nayak had so far been arrested while one Abu Pradhan, was still at

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