AIIMS experts arrive to assist in Pipili rape case

A team of experts from AIIMS has reached Odisha to assist in Pipili Dalit girl rape on the invitation of the state Crime Branch police.

Bhubaneswar: A team of experts from All
India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has reached Odisha
to assist in Pipili Dalit girl rape and attempted murder case
on the invitation of the state Crime Branch police.

The four-member team, headed by Professor and Head of
Forensic Medicine Department, has experts from areas of
gynaecology, DNA and FMT, a senior official of Crime Branch of
police said.

"The team members conducted examination of the alleged
rape victim from Pipili in Puri district who is undergoing
treatment at the ICU of SCB Medical College Hospital in
Cuttack," the official said.

The examination, conducted for medico-legal purpose,
would be useful in the investigation into the alleged rape and
attempted murder of the 19-year-old Dalit girl, crime branch
sources said adding the team would give its report in due

As part of its probe, Crime Branch police have already
conducted polygraph tests on all the four accused persons
allegedly involved in the sensational case which had
triggered state-wide outcry and led to the resignation of
Pipili MLA Pradip Maharathy as state agriculture minister.

The four accused persons on whom lie detection test
was conducted in two phases are: Prasanta Pradhan alias Pasei,
Sukanta Pradhan alias Abua, Premananda Nayak and Buna Swain.

The four youths who had been taken to CB custody in
different phases for interrogation are now lodged in a
sub-jail in Nimapada.

The four were accused in the rape and attempt to
murder of the Dalit girl of Arjungada village in Pipili Police
Station area of Puri district on November 28, 2011.

Though the girl`s family moved Pipli police station
next day on November 29, the officer-in-charge concerned
refused to receive the complaint which later lead to his
dismissal from service.

The police finally registered a case on January 9,
2012 after a direction from State Human Rights Commission. The
victim girl, in a semi-coma stage, is struggling for survival
at SCB medical college hospital in Cuttack.