Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Nun identifies two accused


CUTTACK: The Baliguda Catholic Church nun, who was raped on August 25 last during the Kandhamal communal riots, identified two accused at the Choudwar jail here on Monday. All 10 persons arrested in this connection were paraded before the victim.

Along with them, 80 jail inmates were introduced as dummies.

According to reliable sources, the nun, however, erred in identifying another person who turned out to be a ‘dummy.’

Father Thomas Chelathin of the church, a key witness, could not identify any of the accused though they were paraded before him four times, the sources said.

It was learnt that the nun told the magistrate, who conducted the identification parade, that the main accused had not yet been arrested. The Orissa Crime Branch police, however, expressed satisfaction with her identifying Mitu alias Santosh Patnaik, whom the prosecution had been projecting as the main accused. Mitu along with two persons was arrested from Kerala.

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