74-yr-old man arrested for rape bid on minor

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Jajpur: A 74-year-old retired employee of a government college was arrested for allegedly trying rape a seven-year-old girl at Kachahudi Sahi of Jajpur district on Wednesday.

The accused, identified as Sasadar Barik, hails from Soro area in Balasore district. He lives with his son and daughter-in-law in Jajpur Road.

According to sources, the accused lured the girl with chocolate on Tuesday morning and took her to a secluded place where he tried to sexually assault her.

When the minor girl’s elder sister and some villagers rushed to the spot, the accused fled. On the basis of a complaint by the family members, police arrested the accused and produced him in a court today.

As the girl’s statement was not recorded yet, she was kept under the police protection.

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