Dharmasala minor girl kidnap & rape: 4 more arrested

Jajpur: In a fresh development to the alleged kidnap and rape of a 16-year-old Dalit girl in Jajpur district, police today arrested four persons, including  a woman, and produced them before court.

The police arrested main accused Satya Narayan Samal’s brother-in-law Santosh Barik, Constable of Dharmasala police Station, aunt (mother’s sister) Puspanjali Behura of Sukinda, cousin Mohan Mohanty  of Neulapur and aide Abdul Rahman.

With this, the total number of arrested persons in this case rose to eight. Earlier, police had arrested main accused Satya Narayan Samal (28), his brother Rudra Narayan Samal (26) and sisters Banita Pradhan(24) and Kabita Sahoo(23) in this connection.  Banita and Kabita were arrested from their houses in Cuttack and Sukinda, respectively, for allegedly giving shelter to their brothers and the rape survivor in their houses.

Worth mentioning, the minor girl was kidnapped near Chandikhol when she was returning to her village on January 14 evening. She was later forced to consume a soft drink, following which she lost consciousness. Later, the culprits dropped the girl at Barabati village on January 18. On the same day, the girl’s father lodged an FIR in the police station alleging that her daughter was kidnapped by some miscreants.

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