Maoists have called for a bandh in Odisha’s Koraput after the reports of rape of a minor tribal girl allegedly by paramilitary personnel in the state hit the media headlines.
Maoists are incensed that their members are being falsely blamed for the ghastly act.
“Naxals are being falsely implicated in the case of a rape of a minor school girl and no cadre is behind such incident”, Jagabandhu, a member of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of CPI (Maoist) said.
In a audio tape released by Maoists, Jagabandhu denied any role in the crime. He said that the bandh was to protest the growing number of atrocities of security personnel against villagers in the area.
A class IX girl student was allegedly gangraped allegedly by four security personnel on 10 October. The girl was reportedly returning from a nearby local market in Kunduli, where she had gone to get a passport pictures shot. The girl’s family alleged that four men gagged and dragged her into the forest before taking turn in raping her. The alleged rapists were wearing “jungle uniforms” that led the victim’s family to allege that the men belonged to central security forces.
Although no one has been arrested, Odisha police have launched a probe to find the culprits. For the state police, it’s a red flag case but despite special teams working, no accused have been identified.
DGP RP Sharma said, ““Our endeavour is to ensure that no physical evidence which this point has to be collected at this stage is missed out and we do proper scientific investigation. There are different forces stationed in Koraput – the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force, Commando Battalion for Resolute Action and the local police.”
Meanwhile, Odhisha State Commission for Women (SCW) on Friday had met the gangrape victim who is struggling for life at Shahid Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput. The SCW has registered a suo moto case and is monitoring the issue closely.
Elsewhere, senior BJD leader Bishnu Das told Janta Ka Reporter that five member Dalit team from the ruling Biju Janata Dal is likely to meet the survivor’s family, doctors and police officials and will brief the Chief Minister.