Staff Reporter

Demand judicial probe, arrest of the accused

BERHAMPUR: Intense interrogation of a suspect continued at the Women's police station in the city on Thursday in connection with the eight-year-old orphan child rape case at Gopalpur.

However, police refused to reveal the identity of the suspect.

Meanwhile, political parties and students' organisations took out rallies demanding immediate arrest of the accused in the case.

Speaking to The Hindu , Inspector In-charge (IIC) of the women's police station Bidulata Nayak, who is heading the investigating team, said they got a clear picture of the crime after talking to the victim.

Following it some suspects were rounded up. The suspect was identified among them and was now being interrogated. According to sources medical examination of the suspect was also done.

Memo submitted

Picking up the issue, Berhampur unit of the All-India Democratic Students' Organisation (AIDSO) and activists of the Bharatiya Janashakti Party held separate rallies in the city on Thursday and handed over memorandums at the office of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (southern Division).The AIDSO memorandum was addressed to the Chief Minister.

Secretary of the city unit of the organisation, S. Behera said they had demanded immediate arrest of the culprit who should be given exemplary punishment through speedy justice.

They have also demanded judicial enquiry into the matter, ample compensation to the family members of the victim and proper rehabilitation of the victim.

Bharatiya Janshakti Party activists addressed their memorandum to the President demanding an impartial enquiry into the issue and immediate arrest of the culprit.

Its state general secretary, Ram Kumar Patro said this case had to be solved as early as possible as the victim in her statement had hinted that a man in army uniform had raped her. The SUCI also condemned the incident. Ganjam district secretary of the party Bishnu Das demanded immediate arrest of the accused.