Trial in nun rape case resumes
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 22:37
Cuttack: A witness today gave a different version of events in the rape of Catholic nun in Orissa's Kandhamal during rioting on August 25, 2008 as the second phase of the deposition began at the Cuttack sessions court today.

The witness Debadutta Naik, a local farmer, who had earlier been examined by a court in Kandhamal said that he was present when a mob had attacked the Baliguda Catholic Church on the day.

In his deposition he said that a mob of about 50 to 60 youths attacked the church shouting pro-Hindu slogans and manhandled the priest and a nun after the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati.

Naik said that he saw after some time the priest and the nun being paraded on the road with their hands folded and a mob shouting slogans.

The nun had injury marks on her face, while her body was covered with a cloth, Naik said.

During cross-examination by the defense counsel, the witness admitted that he had not spoken the truth at the earlier deposition.

Defense Counsel Ajit Patnaik said a case against the witness Naik would be filed under section 193 of IPC for giving false affidavit to the court.

In the Kandhamal court naik had said that he was not present.

The hearing will continue.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 22:37

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