Angul: The Angul Additional District and Sessions Court today awarded death sentence to a youth for rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl at Kangula village in the district in January this year.
Sources said that it is the first case in Angul and second in Odisha, where death sentence has been pronounced under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Police said that the case was taken as a Red Flag case and the charge sheet was filed within one month. “The case was registered on January 20 and the charge sheet was filed on February 19. The case ended up with conviction in a record time of five months of the charge sheet,” said a police official.
The case being a Red Flag case was constantly monitored by the State Crime Branch and SP Angul. Police DG R P Sharma has also appreciated the effort of State Crime Branch and SP Angul for the conviction.