Police declare reward for info on rape accused

Balasore (Odisha): A day after an alleged gangrape victim from Odisha's Balasore district petitioned the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) seeking arrest of the culprits, police on Sunday declared Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 cash rewards for information on them.

"Since all the accused persons against whom cases have been registered are absconding for long, cash rewards from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 will be awarded for correct information on them while search operation for them is on," Balasore district superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar said.

Non-bailable warrants had been issued against the accused while steps are being taken for attachment of their property, the SP said,.

The 22 year-old girl from Balasore district had yesterday claimed that she had been gang-raped and moved SHRC seeking arrest of accused persons.

"Though I have lodged an FIR at Khaira Police Station in Balasore on November 3, 2011, police have not taken any action against the culprits," the girl had told reporters here after submitting a petition with the chairman of SHRC.

The girl said that she was kidnapped by two persons from her village on September 25, 2011 and raped by another two in a nearby jungle.

To a query, the girl said she delayed in lodging the FIR due to threat from the accused. "They had threatened to kill me and my father if I dared to make any complaint."

"While one person was forcing himself upon me, another captured pictures in his mobile," she said recounting the ordeal.

The victim, however, went to the police station on November 3, 2011 after a mobile clip showing her in a disrobed condition, allegedly circulated by the accused, were seen by her family members.