**Baripada:** After a minor missing girl’s body was recovered from a forest near Betanati Garudabasa village under Betnoti Tehsil in Mayurbhanj district, the police on Saturday arrested a youth on charges of raping and murdering her.
Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the day expressed grief and concern and also conveyed his deep sympathy to the the family of the minor victim.
The CM has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh for the next of the kin of the minor girl child along with speedy trial of the case.
The accused has been identified as Jamini Mahanta of the same village.
Reportedly, the 8-year-old victim went missing after leaving her house for the celebration of Raja on Friday afternoon. Following this, her family searched her in and around the village. Later, a few villagers, who had witnessed the accused taking the minor on a ride on his bicycle at around 4 pm, informed it to the victim’s family.
The villagers detained Mahanta and thrashed him badly after which he confessed to raping and murdering the minor after abduction.
The police have seized the body and sent it for post- mortem after arresting the accused on Saturday morning.
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