Gang-Rape In Puri: Two Including Former Cop Arrested

Puri: A second accused was arrested on Tuesday in the case of gang-rape of a minor which occurred yesterday under Kumbharpada Police Station limits in Puri. Yesterday an ex-constable was arrested for being involved in the gang-rape.

They will be forwarded to court soon, said DIG (Central Range) Ashish Singh as he addressed the media. He added that they will be charge-sheeted within 20 days.

Meanwhile, the medical examination and statement recording of the survivor has been completed.

The Kumbharpada Police has also detained three people and is interrogating them. The former policeman in question, Jitendra Sethi, was arrested based on the victim’s complaint. Sethi was dismissed from his service in Odisha Police in the year 2016, a senior police official said.

DIG Singh also said that the Puri Police will request honourable court to treat this case in fast track.

On questioned on how Sethi still possessed his ID card even after being removed from service, DIG Singh said that Sethi is not allowed to do so and it is a crime in itself and that Sethi will be prosecuted for that. As of now, the two accused have been charged with IPC Sections 363, 376DA, 394 and the 6 of POCSO Act. He also requested media and general public to respect the privacy and dignity of the survivor.

Yesterday at about 2 pm, Sethi and his three associates had offered the survivor a lift and had instead taken her to Sethi’s wife’s allotted government quarter. There she was raped by Sethi and one other person while the other two fled.

The minor somehow managed to escape with Sethi’s wallet in hand. She approached the Kumbharpada Police who identified Sethi using the documents. He was arrested later.

Ashish Kumar Singh, DIG, Central Range, Cuttack


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