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Now, Court monitored SIT to probe Kunduli rape and suicide case

Bhubaneswar, February 7, 2018: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced a probe by Orissa High Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the alleged rape and suicide of a minor tribal girl in Kunduli in Koraput district.

The development came amid demands for a CBI probe by opposition parties after reports of alleged discrepancies in the forensic report of the girl came to light.

The Class-IX girl, who alleged she was raped by four security personnel in a forest near Kunduli on October 10, committed suicide by hanging herself in her house at Musaguda under Pottangi police station on January 22 after allegedly being denied justice by the State police administration.

The CM said the Kunduli alleged gang rape case is an extremely tragic incident.

“Because of the  extraordinary   circumstances  of the  case after  the death  of the  victim  girl,  my strong  faith  and conviction  in the principles  of  natural  justice  and  commitment    to  safety  and dignity  of women, the State Government will take immediate steps for handing  over the  investigation  of the cases to a Special Investigation Team with a prayer  to be monitored by Court,” said Patnaik.

The CM said it is his firm belief that law should take its own course and justice should be done without fear or favour.

The State Government is committed that justice should be delivered at the earliest and in the most transparent manner, said Patnaik.

Maintaining that in addition to transferring the case for investigation to the Crime Branch, Patnaik informed that the State Government had also instituted an independent Judicial Inquiry with a sitting judge nominated by the High Court.

Meanwhile, NHRC is probing the case while National Commission for Scheduled Castes will visit Kunduli on February 11 to probe the matter.

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