Chargesheet in Pipli rape case submitted
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 00:46
  
Cuttack: The Odisha police probing the alleged gangrape of a 19-year-old dalit girl of Pipli on Saturday submitted chargesheet against prime accused Prashant Pradhan and his associate Sukanta Pradhan but said the allegation of rape could not be substantiated.

The allegation could not be substantiated because the girl was unable to give any statement as she was in coma since the attempt on her life on November 29 last year, the Crime Branch of the police said in the chargesheet submitted to a magisterial court in Pipili.

A Crime Branch release said the case was being kept open to examine the victim when she is able to give a statement and also to examine the criminal liability of local police and doctors who allegedly tried to screen the accused and neglected in giving proper treatment to her.

Pradhan was charged section 341 (wrongful restraint), 354 (assault to outrage modesty), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of IPC and several other charges under SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Prashant’s younger brother Sukant had no direct role in attacking the victim on the day of the incident but had threatened the girl's family members.

It said investigations revealed Prashant had an intimate relationship with the victim but later developed a sense of betrayal and wanted to kill her as she was avoiding him.

"On the day of the incident, Prashant used the odhani (dupatta) of the victim to strangulate her," it said.

The release said two other arrested persons Gurna Chandra Swain and Premananda Nayak had no role in the incident of November 29 but there was evidence against them for threatening the victim's family members in the context of an earlier case of 2008 where she was a witness and the two were the accused.

A separate FIR was registered against Swain and Nayak on February 28.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 20:46


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