EU diplomats enquire about Kandhamal nun rape case
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 23:36
Bhubaneswar: A group of visiting European Union diplomats Wednesday enquired about the sensational nun rape case in Kandhamal district of Orissa, which was hit by communal violence, and progress in investigation.

The issue was raised by the delegation during its meeting with Director General of Police (DGP) Man Mohan Praharaj and other senior police officers at the state police headquarters at Cuttack.

"They wanted to know about the progress made in several cases including the nun rape case," Praharaj told reporters.

While 19 persons had been arrested in connection with the nun rape case, three youths were identified by the victim during the two test identification parades (TIP), the delegation was informed, police sources said.

The crime branch of the Orissa Police, which had been probing the case, has already submitted charge sheets against the persons identified by the woman.

The 29-year-old catholic nun was allegedly raped at K Nuagaon under Baliguda police station area during a state-wide bandh on August 25, 2008, two days after the killing of the VHP leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswati.

The nun, along with priest Father Thomas Chelan, was physically assaulted before some members of a mob allegedly raped her, the victim had said in her FIR.

Though a case was registered at Baliguda police station on August 26, no investigation was made into the case before the crime branch was handed over the probe into the incident on October 1.

CBI had apprehended 19 people, including three from Kerala, while 11 other accused were still at large.


First Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 23:36

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