Hyderabad: A 25-year-old tribal woman from
Orissa campaigning against illicit liquor, was allegedly raped
by 15 persons in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh,
police said today.
The incident allegedly took place on Friday, but it came
to light only after the victim lodged a complaint with
Komarada police in Vizianagaram district yesterday, they said.
"The victim first lodged a complaint with the Bandhugaon
police in Orissa, but it seems that they did not respond, so
she came to Vizianagaram and lodged a complaint,"
Parvathipuram ASP A Ravi Krishna told.
The victim, a member of the Rythu Coolie Sangham
organisation, along with other activists had recently warned
the Sundhi community members to vacate an arrack making unit
at Jadaba village in Badhugaon of Koraput district in Orissa
after which the community members shifted the unit to Kunteshu
village of Vizianagaram, the police officer said.
The woman along with other activists came to Kunteshu
village in Komarada mandal about 1-km from Jadaba to attend a
meeting against "illicit" liquor on Friday, he said.
While the meeting was going on, members of the Sundhi
community attacked them with arms after which the organisers
escaped, except the woman.