Cuttack rape and murder: Main accused arrested

The prime accused in the rape and murder of a 25-year-old woman in Cuttack district was arrested, police said.

Updated: Sep 27, 2013, 22:23 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: The prime accused in the rape and murder of a 25-year-old woman in Cuttack district was arrested on Friday, police said.

Durga Prasad Das, a resident of Tarito village under Kishorenagar police station area in Cuttack district, was nabbed by a special police team from Mundali near Cuttack.

"We had suspected Das`s involvement as he was found absconding from the village since the day of the rape and murder," Cuttack SP (Rural) Gurudas Kundu said.

Giving details, Kundu said the accused, during interrogation, has revealed that he was angry with the woman as she repeatedly rejected his proposal for marriage.

Finding her moving along the Mahanadi river bank alone in the evening of September 23, Das tried to rape her.

"But when she resisted, Das killed her and threw the body into the river before fleeing the area," the SP said.

"The accused has admitted to have committed the crime alone and denied the involvement of any accomplice," the SP said. The medical examination of the accused will be done.

The accused was taken to the spot of the crime and revealed the sequence of events that led to the crime.

Police were waiting for the postmortem report to ascertain whether the girl was raped before being killed, the SP said.

PTI