Bhubaneswar: Police have arrested two, including the main accused of the alleged gang rape of a minor girl from Tirtol in Cuttack for 22 days, and seized three mobile phones from their possession.
Cuttack DCP Pratik Singh identified the accused as Tiki alias Santosh Behera alias Dipu (22) the master mind behind the crime and Rakesh Rout alias Raka (25).
Singh said, the accused were arrested U/S 366, 376,(2xn) 506, IPC and 6/12 POSCO Act and would be forwarded to court after their medical examination today.
The mobile phones of the accused will be sent to SFSL, Bhubaneswar for cyber analysis.
While Raka was arrested yesterday Tiki was arrested today.
Singh further said, the statement of the victim girl was recorded U/S 161 Cr PC. Her statement was also recorded by the court U/S 164 Cr PC.
The DCP said, a request has been made to the District Legal Service Authority Cuttack for providing immediate compensation and relief to the victim.
Singh said, on October 12 the Chauliaganja Police rescued the girl, who was sitting near a Hanuman statue in Gatiroutpatna area of the city and accommodated her in Basundhara, a shelter home.
In her statement to Police she said that she had left her house a month back following a family dispute and came to her sister’s house at Professorpada.
Again due to some dispute, she had to leave her sister’s house, and while waiting for bus at OMP square Tiki persuaded her with false promise of marriage to come with him to Raka’s chicken shop at Gatirout Patna.
Both Tiki and Raka sexually assaulted her repeatedly.
Police registered a case after Child line Coordinator Narayan Shukla lodged a complaint.
The incident has created an uproar in the state with both Congress and the BJP alleging that the law and order situation in the state has collapsed and the women were not secured in the state.
While the Congress demanded a compensation of Rs 20 lakh and rehabilitation for the victim, the BJP demanded stern action against the guilty and blamed the state government for rising incidents of crime against women.