Judicial Probe On Kunduli

Odisha Government has ordered Judicial Inquiry to the alleged gang rape case at Kunduli in Koraput district.


Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today issued orders in this regard, while allowing State Crime Branch also to investigate the entire episode, which has kept engaged the attention of the entire state for last one month.

A District Judge will inquire into mthe matter, said the official release of CMO.

Earlier Odisha Police has said that the minor tribal girl was not at all raped.The Police said quoting the medical examination report on the girl after the alleged gang rape by four security personnel in uniform on October 10.

The Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) of the Odisha Police has "ruled out" the rape of a minor tribal girl in Koraput district as alleged by the victim.

"As per the doctors' opinion, there is no such evidence of gangrape or rape of the minor girl," Additional Director General (ADG, HRPC) Mahendra Pratap told Media over phone from Cuttack.

He said, "I have discussed the matter with all the medical experts treating the girl at Kunduli, Jeypore in Koraput district and at the MKCG Medical College Hospital in Berhampur during the course of the investigation." Mr.Pratap had on 6 November submitted the HRPC's probe report on the alleged rape case of the minor girl before the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC).

"The girl's statement is inconsistent. She is changing her statement every day," the ADG said.

"I had submitted the investigation report, along with the doctors' version, to the OHRC yesterday," Mr.Pratap said, adding that the document was likely to be made public onNovember 10.

The ADG's statement has given a new twist to the alleged gang rape case.

A case was lodged after the minor girl had, on October 10, alleged that she was raped by four persons who were wearing a combat uniform.

Though the girl had claimed that she was raped by four security personnel in uniform, Odisha DGP R P Sharma on 7 November said,

"Medical and scientific experts were engaged to find out the truth. During the course of the investigation, the movement of the security forces, who were allegedly involved in the case, could not be established."

The alleged gang rape of the tribal girl had sparked a statewide hue and cry with the opposition parties staging protests, demanding justice for the poor girl.

The locals of Koraput had blocked National Highway-26, connecting Jeypore and Visakhapatnam, on October 11, a day after the incident was reported.

Activist Rutuparna Mohanty, who visited the girl at the hospital, said, "It is not possible for a 14-year-old tribal girl to mislead the police. We demand a judicial probe into the incident."

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (SP), Koraput, Kanwar Vishal Singh, at a press conference in Koraput, said, "As per the medical reports given by a team of doctors, chemical examination tests and police investigation, the detailed report is contradictory to the victim's first statement of gang rape."
 


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