College girl’s death in Bhadrak: Mess owner arrested

Bhadrak: Owner of a mess in Basudevpur area of Odisha’s Bhadrak district was arrested today, days after one of its girl inmates was found dead on railway track.

The arrested has been identified as Pratap Dangua. The deceased girl, a +3 first year student, was found lying on railway track in Basudevpur on January 20. She was rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital, where doctor declared her dead.

While police had registered an unnatural death case following a preliminary investigation, a new twist emerged when a video purportedly showing the mess owner sexually exploiting and molesting the girl surfaced on social media and went viral.

However, the accused refuted the allegation saying that he is being framed. He further accused the girl of violating the rules of the mess by talking to her friends outside the mess for hours.

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