Nabarangpur Gang-rape and murder: Congress calls 12-hour bandh on Dec 26th 

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Report by Basant Rath, Nabarangpur: Alleging police inaction in the gang rape and murder of a minor girl incident of Gumandali village under Kosagumuda police limit the Congress has called for a twelve-hour ‘peaceful bandh’ in the district
on 26th December.

“The bandh will be observed in a peaceful manner. We urge the people to support the move of Congress. All government offices, schools & colleges and business establishments will remain shut. Buses, trucks and other vehicles will go off the road,” said working president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee Pradeep Majhi.

We demanded an assistance of Rs 20lakh for the victim’s family and immediate arrest of the culprits district administration with police assured the family members of the deceased to pay the assistance and arrest of the culprits but in vain alleged District congress committee president, Muna Tripathy.

Meanwhile the district congress committee President, former MLA Sadan Nayak, with Mahila congress on Monday evening held a candle march here to protest the gruesome rape and murder of the minor in Gumandali village. The march started from Ram temple and concluded near the church. They demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and severe punishment to them in the alleged gang rape and killing of a minor girl.

The district bar association of Nabarangpur already taken decision
not to represent the accused persons in the case also appealed to the undivided Koraput district bar association that “no advocate should take the brief of the accused as a moral and social responsibility against the heinous crime committed by the accused in the district”

Notably the minor victim girl had gone missing on 13th night of this month after she went out the house to relieve herself. When she did not return, family members started searching for her and on 14th the body of a minor girl with scars and bruises was found lying on a farmland near her house in Gumandali village under Koshagumuda block. A pair of trousers were also lying near the body leading to suspicion that she had been gang raped and killed.

Eleven days after the incident; the police are investigating the case but yet to make any headway in the case except for detaining and interrogating four youths of Kotpad police limit in Koraput district. Sources said the post-mortem report already obtained the police, yet to disclose on the reports.

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