Odisha: CRPF jawan arrested in Puri Gang-Rape case

Puri: A CRPF jawan was today arrested for his alleged involvement in the sensational Puri gang-rape case. The accused has been identified as Bulu Barik.

A special squad of police apprehended Barik from Rayagada, reports said. One Rama Chandra Pradhan of Aliaputu village in Brahmagiri area of Puri district was also arrested on December 6 in this connection.

This apart, Jeetendra Sethy, a dismissed police constable, and Rajesh Sethy were arrested over their alleged involvement in the offence. Case has been registered against the accused under relevant sections of the IPC and POCSO Act.

Notably, a minor girl was on December 2 allegedly gang raped inside a police quarter near Jhadeswari Club in Puri town. The girl said she was waiting for a bus at the Nimapara bus terminal to go to her home in Kakatpur area in Puri district.

“I was returning to Kakatpur from Bhubaneswar in a bus. I alighted from the bus at Nimapara to have food and missed the bus. Later, when I was standing at the Nimapara bus terminal, a person introduced himself as a policeman by showing his identity card and offered help,” the survivor told media persons. Later, four persons took her to the official quarter in Puri and two of them raped her, she said.

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