Kunduli gang rape case: SIT holds meeting at Koraput DIG office

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Koraput: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by the Orissa High Court to probe the alleged Kunduli gang-rape case, held a meeting at DIG office in Koraput district today.

The first meeting was held in the presence of DIGs of three ranges-Shefeen Ahmed K, Satyabrata Bhoi & Himanshu Lal.

Family members of the victim, including her mother, aunt, and brother were also present at the meeting.

The division bench of Chief Justice KS Jhaveri and Justice KR Mohapatra formed the SIT constituting three DIGs – Koraput, Berhampur, and Sambalpur after the State Government informed the court that the CID-Crime had closed inquiry into the case and submitted the report in the trial court.

The HC was hearing two PILs filed by former Lok Sabha MP Kharavela Swain and mother of the victim girl seeking CBI probe into the alleged gang rape case. The bench refused to order a CBI probe and fixed December 16 as the next date of hearing on the two PILs.

It may be noted that the 14-year-old girl from Musaguda village in Koraput district was allegedly raped by four ‘men in uniform’ while she was returning home from the Kunduli market on October 10, 2017. The girl committed suicide on January 22, 2018. The State Government had ordered a judicial probe into the incident on December 26, 2017.

The medical reports did not find any sign of rape. The victim had alleged that she was offered 90,000 by the police to keep mum.

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