26 December 2019
Nabrangpur: Protesting against alleged police inaction in the case of Gumandal gang-rape and murder of a minor, district Congress called for a 12-hour bandh in the district today.
The bandh’s effect was witnessed across 10 blocks and two municipalities in the district. Schools, colleges, shops and bazaars remained closed. Vehicular movement was also disrupted as district Congress members burned tyres and blocked road at Machiguda Chaka and Chamuriaguda Chaka. Long row of vehicles remained stranded on National Highway 26.
PCC working president and former MP Pradeep Majhi and District Congress Committee president Muna Tripathy led the protests. They have demanded compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the victim’s family and immediate arrest of the culprits.
The peaceful protest since morning turned violent in the afternoon when news of a stranded car being set on fire surfaced. Upon getting information, Fire services officials rushed to the spot and were able to douse the fire.
Notably, the minor victim went missing on December 12 night after she went out to relieve herself. Her family kept searching for her all night but discovered her body the next day which was heavily bruised and in a semi-nude state. Her family has alleged that she was gang-raped and murdered.