Odisha CM assures of strict action in Salipur minor’s rape case

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Bhubaneswar, April 30 (IANS) Even as the opposition BJP demanded his resignation over a Salipur minor’s rape, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday assured the Assembly of strict action against the accused.

Patnaik expressed grief and shock over the girl’s death and said: “I will see to it that strict action is taken against the accused. Also, Rs 5 lakh has been given to the bereaved family,” Patnaik said.

The six-year-old girl of Salipur in Cuttack district died on Sunday after struggling for life for more than a week at the SCB Medical College and Hospital.

The girl was reported missing after she went to a shop near Jagannathpur Nodal Upper Primary school to buy chocolates around 6 p.m. on April 21. The accused lured her away with a chocolate. She was later found lying unconscious in the school compound in Salipur area.

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The accused was arrested within 24 hours of the crime, Patnaik said.

“I would like to send my deepest condolences to the bereaved family, and I repeat, I feel deep anguish at this terrible incident,” the Chief Minister said.

The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday staged a demonstration to demand justice for the family. They burnt Patnaik’s effigy and demanded his resignation.

–IANS

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