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Black Monday For Police


Monday, December 2 proved to be a ‘Black Day’ for the Odisha Police as a former cop has been accused of being involved in a gang rape incident in Puri while an inspector rank officer has been placed under suspension on charge of negligence in duty while investigating into a rape case in Mayurbhanj district.


What has come as a major embarrassment police is that a woman was allegedly gang raped by two persons including a former policeman inside a police quarter in Odisha's temple town of Puri.
The victim woman lodged a complaint saying a man, who identified himself as a police personnel, offered her a lift in his car while she was waiting at a bus stand in Nimapara town.

The former cop was later identified as Jitendra Kumar Sethi.

"I was on my way from Bhubaneswar to my village at Kakatpur. I believed him and accepted the lift," the woman told reporters outside Kumbharpada police station where she filed her complaint.

She found three other men in the car after she got into it, the woman said.

"Instead of taking me towards Kakatpur, they took me to Puri town. The four took me to a house where two of them raped me while two others left after closing the door from outside," the victim claimed.

The house was a police quarter near Jhadeswari Club in Puri town.

The victim, during the sexual assault, could grab the wallet of one of the accused and the photo-identity card and Aadhaar card of his was recovered from it, the police said.

So far, the police identified one of the accused whose cards were found.

He is a former police constable and has been arrested and suspended, a police officer said.

Puri Superintendent of Police Uma Shankar Das said special squads have been formed to probe the incident. The victim and the accused ex-constable were sent for medical examinations.

In another case, a
 police inspector was suspended on Monday for negligence in duty, which allegedly led to a rape survivor committing suicide in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district, officials said.

Inspector in-charge Sarat Chandra Mahalik, posted at Jharpokharia police station, was suspended following allegations of inaction on the complaint filed by the rape survivor, they said.

The 23-year-old woman, a teacher of Physics at a college in the district, had filed a complaint alleging rape on October 30, but the police allegedly did not take any action. She committed suicide on Saturday night.

Police suspect the inaction to be the reason behind her death, officials said.

"DGP, Odisha has placed Inspector Sarat Chandra Mahalik, ex-IIC, Jharpokharia police station under suspension with immediate effect for his gross negligence and dereliction of duty," said a statement issued by the state police headquarters in Cuttack.

On Sunday, sub-inspector P K Swain, the investigating officer of the rape case, was suspended. Mahalik was also transferred.

Mayurbhanj's Superintendent of Police Smit P Parmar said the main accused in the case, Soumya Ranjan Sahu who is a railway employee, and two others have been arrested.

The woman was found hanging inside her college's hostel at Rairangpur. In her complaint, she had alleged she was raped by a distant relative during her visit to Keonjhar district on October 27, police said.

She had also alleged that the man had clicked pictures and threatened her if she reported the incident.

The woman had lodged a complaint with the police after returning from Keonjhar and then an FIR was registered. 
 


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