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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 31:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered for a Crime Branch (CB) probe into the alleged gangrape of a minor girl by her cousins in Patrapur block of Ganjam district.

The Chief Minister made the announcement while making a statement in the House on the issue this evening.

“Prime accused Kamal Pradhan has been arrested in connection with the incident. The case is being investigated by Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Chikiti,” Patnaik told the House.

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Earlier in the day, following ruckus by Congress and BJP members in the House over the issue leading to repeated adjournments, Speaker Nirajan Pujari through a ruling had directed the state government to place a statement before the House on the Patrapur gangrape case.

The issue was raised during Zero Hour by Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, who repeated his demand of a Crime Branch (CB) probe into the incident and a statement from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

BJP legislature party leader KV Singhdeo also demanded a statement from Patnaik.