The Commissionerate Police on Tuesday, after conducting medical examination of a rape accused bus helper, forwarded him to court. The 25-year-old youth was remanded to judicial custody.

The youth identified as Susanta Hembram was arrested by the city police on Monday for allegedly raping a tribal girl in a running bus.

According to reports, the girl, a native of Mayurbhanj district, was travelling to Cuttack in a private passenger bus on Sunday night. The girl works as a domestic help in Jagatpur on the outskirts of the city.

Basing on the complaint by the girl, city DCP S. Praveen Kumar said Susanta allegedly raped the girl in the rear seat of the running bus between 3 and 3.30 a.m. when there were only a few passengers and all of them were asleep. Susanta is believed to be an acquaintance of the victim and he reportedly threatened the girl of dire consequences if she dares to disclose it to anyone, the police official said. 

The incident came to light when the girl was rescued by some people at Gatiroutpatna, about 5 km from Cuttack on Cuttack-Jagatsinghpur road on Monday.

The Chauliaganj police of the city brought the girl to police station where she narrated her plight alleging that instead of dropping her at Jagatpur, the bus helper took her to Badambadi bus stop. From Badambadi, instead of boarding a Jagapur-bound bus she boarded a Jagatsinghpur-bound bus.

The Mahila police station of the city after registering a case also sent the victim for medical examination.

A police scientific team is also assisting the city police in investigating the case. Meanwhile, the Private Bus Owners’ Association condemning the incident demanded that stringent punishment should be given to the bus helper and urged the bus owners to ensure that the credentials of the persons are verified properly before they are recruited.

Permit cancelled

Similarly, the State Transport Commissioner Surendra Kumar on Tuesday said that the permit of the passenger bus in which the crime was committed was cancelled.

  • The incident occurred in the wee hours of Monday

  • The accused has been remanded to judicial custody