Friday, January 30, 2009

Orissa police file charge sheet in rape case

Special Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: The Crime Branch of Orissa police filed a charge sheet in the Kandhamal nun rape case on Thursday.

As many as 10 persons who were arrested in the case have been named as accused. The charge sheet was filed in the court of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate at Baliguda in Kandhamal district.

The accused were charged under Sections 376, 34, 147, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code, according to police. According to Crime Branch sources, the investigation was kept open as 20 other accused were not arrested so far. A supplementary charge sheet will be filed after completion of investigation.

The nun was harassed in public by a mob at K. Nuagaon in Kandhamal on August 25 last and subsequently raped when anti-Christian violence was at its peak in Kandhamal.

Communal violence erupted following the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Lakshmanananda Saraswati in Kandhamal on August 23. At least 38 were killed in the violence.

The test identification parade of the accused arrested in the case was conducted at the Chaudwar jail near Cuttack recently.

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