Rayagada: A rape accused was run over by a speeding container truck on Monday while he made an abortive bid to escape from police custody in Rayagada.
The youth identified as Santosh Kumar Pandu, hailing from Panasguda village under Bissam Cuttack block, was arrested by Tikiri Police and brought to Rayagada Police station ahead of his appearance in court.
Police sources said Pandu was arrested on Sunday for giving false promises to a woman to marry after having a physical relationship with her.
The accused was brought to Rayagada for a medical examination and subsequently taken to Town Police station before being taken to court.
The accused suddenly started running to escape from the police station. But, he was hit by a speeding lorry. He was rushed to the district headquarters hospital, where the doctors pronounced him as brought dead.