Special squads formed to probe Puri gang-rape case: Police

Puri: As many as two special squads have been formed to investigate into the incident of a woman being allegedly gang-raped at a police quarter in Odisha’s Puri town, said Puri Superintendent of Police (SP) Umashankar Dash.

Two of the accused, identified as suspended police constable Jitendra Sethi and Rajesh Sethi, have been arrested while other accused were detained, police sources said, adding that the victim and the accused were sent for medical examination.

Police said the woman lodged a complaint saying a man, who identified himself as a police personnel, offered her a lift in his car while she was waiting at a bus stand in Nimapara town.

“I was on my way from Bhubaneswar to my village at Kakatpur. I believed him and accepted the lift,” the woman told reporters outside Kumbharpada police station where she filed her complaint.

She found three other men in the car after she got into it, the woman said. “Instead of taking me towards Kakatpur, they took me to Puri town. The four took me to a house where two of them raped me while two others left after closing the door from outside,” the victim claimed.

The house was a police quarter near Jhadeswari Club in Puri town. The victim, during the sexual assault, could grab the wallet of one of the accused and the photo-identity card and Aadhaar card of his was recovered from it, the police said.

(PTI inputs)

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