4 arrested for gang-raping missing woman in Odisha

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Angul: Superintendent of Police (SP) Mitrabhanu Mohapatra on Wednesday informed that four persons, including a minor, have been arrested for gang raping a married woman who went missing last Thursday.

The accused persons have been identified as Rahul (15, name changed), Pilu Behera (20), Sujit Behera (25) and Nilam Sahu (27). However, two more accused persons – Bulu and Dipu – are still at large.

Briefing newsmen about the incident, Mohapatra said that the gang-rape victim was on her way to Bhubaneswar from Sambalpur on the night of May 3. She was traveling with her daughter and husband, who was driving the car.

She got down from the car at Nakchi to attend nature’s call. However, her husband mistakenly abandoned her there and drove the vehicle. Later, when he realized the fact after reaching Boinda he drove back his car to Nakchi and searched for his wife but found no trace of her.

Being shocked, he went to Handapa police station and lodged a complaint. While investigating the matter, police questioned some locals who claimed to have seen the victim sobbing after six persons including an auto driver molested her on NH-55.

Later, police came to know that the victim had managed to reach the house of one of her relatives at Jagatsinghpur.

Cops also came to know that the woman was raped by the six persons in an isolated place near Purunapani jungle in the fateful night and had launched a manhunt to nab the rapists.

While four accused have been arrested so far, police are still clueless of the other two accused.

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