Bhubaneswar: Another accused in the Pipili
gangrape case in Odisha was arrested on Tuesday even as the state
government failed to convince the family of the Dalit rape
victim to shift her to AIIMS in Delhi for better treatment.
Crime Branch sleuths nabbed Premananda Nayak named in the
FIR registered at Pipili police station on January 9. "Nayak
was arrested from the house of one of his relations at Olakana
village under Pipili police station area," police said.
With this, the total number of accused persons arrested in
the incident rose to three. Efforts are on to trace another
accused, Abua Pradhan of Paparanga village.
An official team met the victim`s brother Amulya Behera at
SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack, where the girl was
under treatment, but their efforts to convince the brother to
shift her to AIIMS failed, official sources said.
"The brother rejected government`s offer in writing and
suggested bringing super specialists from outside if
required," an official said adding the family was afraid of
going outside the state.
"They (alleged rapists) might kill us in Delhi. We do not
feel secure to visit AIIMS," the brother told reporters.
Another official team led by Puri Tehsildar Abani Patnaik
visited the victim`s Arjungada village but found none at her
house. "As her parents were not there, we returned after
hanging an information sheet on the door to intimate them that
state government representatives had visited their village,"
an official said.