Girl’s nude body found in Bolangir forest; rape, murder suspected

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Bolangir: The naked body of a girl was recovered from Satabahani forest near Gulmi village under Muribahal police limits in Bolangir district on Thursday.

Police suspected the girl in her mid-twenties was raped and subsequently murdered.

While the police are yet to ascertain the identity of the girl, a pair of slipper, a mangal sutra and a polythene bag belonging to a Bhubaneswar-based shop was found near her body.

The police suspect involvement of two or more persons in the brutal rape and murder. Titlagarh sub-divisional police officer Saroj Kumar Mohapatra and a police team visited the spot and inquired into the matter.

According to sources, some women of Gulmi village had gone to the forest to collect forest products when they spotted the body. On their return, they informed the matter to the villagers who contacted the police.

The lifeless naked body was tied to a tree while her mouth was gagged. The circumstantial evidence clearly indicated that she was brutally raped before being killed. However, it is yet to ascertain that who had brought her to the forest and committed the heinous crime.

The police registered a case and further inquiry is underway.

Notably, two similar cases of rape and murder were reported in the forest earlier. The police had managed to arrest the accused persons in the cases. “We will nab the culprits in the case at the earliest,” the police said.

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