**Angul: ** The Police have arrested four persons, including a minor, for abducting and gang-raping a married woman who had accidently been separated from her husband while driving from Sambalpur to Bhubaneswar on May 3. This was confirmed by the Angul Superintendent of Police (SP) Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.
The arrested men have been identified as Rahul (15, name changed), Pilu Behera (20), Sujit Behera (25) and Nilam Sahu (27). However, two other accused persons are still absconding
Speaking to mediapersons, Angul SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said, “We immediately started the investigation after a case was registered under Section 376 (D) of the IPC at Handapa Police Station. The victim has confessed that after being accidently left by her husband on the highway, she was abducted by six persons who took her to an isolated place near Puranapani jungle near Handapa Nakchi road where they outraged her modesty. The medical examination of the victim and the accused would be conducted shortly after which the case will be forwarded to Court.”
“All of the arrested men worked as labourers and drivers at the ongoing construction work on the National Highway. The probe is on and the other two accused would also be nabbed soon,” the SP added.
Mohapatra also informed that the victim woman, after being sexually molested, was estranged on the highway all night. She later reached Cuttack with the help of a passers-by and from Cuttack she travelled to her sister’s place in Jagatsinghpur where she lodged a complaint with the police.
Notably, the victim was on her way to Bhubaneswar from Sambalpur on the night of May 3. She was traveling with her daughter and husband, who was driving the car.
She had got down from the car at Nakchi to attend nature’s call. However, her husband mistakenly abandoned her there and drove the vehicle. Later, when he realized the fact after reaching Boinda he drove back his car to Nakchi and searched for his wife but found no trace of her.
Being shocked, he went to Handapa police station and lodged a complaint. While investigating the matter, police questioned some locals who claimed to have seen the victim sobbing after six persons including an auto driver molested her on NH-55.
While four accused have been arrested so far, police are still clueless of the other two accused.
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