Jagatsinghpur Rape & Suicide Accused Arrested, Says Minister

Bhubaneswar: Minister of State for Home Affairs Dibya Shankar Mishra today informed the Odisha Assembly that the accused in the alleged sensational rape, suicide of Dalit girl in Jagatsinghpur has been arrested.

“Since prima facie evidence was established against Deepak Behura who belongs to SEBC, he was arrested on 09.11.2019 and forwarded to the judicial custody u/s 354-A/354-D/306/292(2)(a)/509 IPC read with Sec.3(1)(w)(i)(ii)(r)/3(2)(va) of SC/ST (POA)Act. The accused continues to be in judicial custody,” the Minister said while making a statement in the House during Zero Hour.

It may be mentioned here that Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro following uproarious scenes by Opposition Congress members amidst repeated adjournments over the issue on Monday had issued a ruling to the Minister to make a statement in the House on Tuesday on the issue.

“The victim girl being a member of the SC community, interim compensation of Rs.1 Lakh has been paid to the victim’s family,” stated Mishra.

The allegation made in the newspaper report that the victim girl’s family had earlier filed an FIR in this regard in the Police Station is not true; he clarified and added that SDPO Jagatsinghpur and IIC Naugaon were on the spot immediately after the incident was reported on November 7.

The Minister told the House that the case is now being investigated by SDPO Jagatsinghpur under the supervision of Addl SP, Jagatsinghpur.

He said contrary to the newspaper report, the body of the victim was cremated at Dasamania burial ground of the same village.

“During the investigation, the investigating officer has immediately visited the spot, conducted an inquest in the presence of the family members and sent the dead body for Post Mortem along with the seized ligature. The objectionable photographs of the deceased and other pieces of evidence have also been collected. Witnesses have been examined,” Mishra further told the House.

Apprising the House of the sequence of events, the Minister said that the victim’s mother had said in her report to the police that around 6.00 AM on November 7, she found her daughter’s room locked from inside and after breaking open the door and entering the room, she found her daughter aged about 24 years, had committed suicide by hanging herself.

“In the report, the mother of the deceased ascribed the reason for the suicide to be one-sided love affair and harassment by their neighbour Deepak Behura aged about 32 years, who managed to click some objectionable photograph of her daughter and stuck them on the walls of the house, for which her daughter committed suicide out of shame,” he added.


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