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Kunduli Rape Case Probe Report Attracts Ire Of Opposition


04 August 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: A day after the probe report of the infamous Kunduli gangrape and suicide case was tabled in the Odisha Assembly, the opposition BJP and Congress have alleged a failure on part of the law enforcement machinery to provide justice to the victim girl and her family members.

BJP State General Secretary Prithviraj Harichandan alleged the State Government is trying to suppress the case. He questioned why the State Government is silent on the issue and demanded a further probe to identify the real culprits.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik said the Kunduli case is a shocking misfortune. The State administration was not able to identify the culprit in the case, even after constituting a Commission of Inquiry.

The victim girl committed suicide out of despair but the investigation could not identify her perpetrator. Nothing is more miserable then this, he added.

The Commission of Inquiry on the case submitted its report based on the statement of witnesses, who can be managed. Further, how is it possible that one medical report of the victim girl had ruled out rape while a leaked interim forensic report suggested otherwise, questioned Patnaik.

However, while denying commenting on the report submitted by the Commission of Inquiry, BJD MLA Shashi Bhusan Behera said his party will analyse the comments of the opposition BJP, Congress and other parties and take action accordingly.

Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra had on Saturday tabled the report of the Commission of Inquiry on the alleged incident of kidnapping, sexual assault and suicide of a minor girl of Musaguda in Koraput.

After being examined in the Home Department, the report was accepted by the Government excepting one recommendation of the Commission regarding removal of the statue of the victim from Kunduli Chowk.

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Prithviraj Harichandan, BJP State General Secretary

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Niranjan Patnaik, OPCC President

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Shashi Bhusan Behera, BJD MLA