SIT Led By Arun Bothra Begins Probe in Nayagarh Minor Girl Murder

Nayagarh: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Odisha government to probe into the alleged kidnapping and murder of a five-year-old girl following their arrival at the Circuit House here visited Jadupur village in Nayagarh district today.

The SIT headed by Inspector General of Police Arun Bothra on its arrival in Jadupur, first visited the spot (the backyard of the victim’s house) where the bones of the five-year-old was found packed in a gunny bag.

Later Bothra visited the house of the victim and spoke to her parents.
The senior police officer, however, refrained from speaking to the media and remained tight-lipped.

“I can’t say anything now. Will tell you when the time comes. Allow me some time,” said Bothra to reporters who sought to know the progress of the investigation during his visit.

Worth mentioning, the State Government had agreed to a probe by an SIT after state-wide outrage over the incident.

The parents of the child had attempted self-immolation outside the Assembly accusing police of shielding the culprit as he was politically well-connected.

The Opposition has been up in arms against the government on the issue, demanding an SIT probe and the resignation of Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo.

A five-year-old girl, daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver had reportedly gone missing while playing near her house at Jadupur village in Nayagarh district on July 14.

Later, her skeletal remains stuffed in a gunny bag were recovered from the backyard of her house nine days later.

Her parents have alleged that their daughter was killed for her organs by prime suspect Babuli Nayak and his accomplices.

They have further alleged that Nayak is the kingpin of a child lifting racket and is involved in the human organs trade.

Arun Bothra, SIT Chief