Jharsuguda: Palpable tension prevailed at a village near Odisha’s industrial town of Jharsuguda after a man was apprehended by angry locals for allegedly raping a minor girl today.
The mob thrashed and paraded the accused with garland of shoes around his neck till he was handed over to police at BTM outpost this afternoon.
The 55-year-old accused identified as Pradeep Bag from Ektali village in the district was detained for interrogation after the duo was sent for medical examination.
As per sources, the accused – a neighbour of the victim – called the victim to his house finding no one at her home. The quinquagenarian reportedly called the 13-year-old on the pretext of giving her food.
Unaware of his evil designs, she went into the house following which the tormentor shut the door and raped her.
The children playing near the house heard the girl crying who then informed their parents. The localites, Childline officials and police forced into the house to find the duo inside.
The minor was rescued and sent to Childline.
Notably, the orphaned girl was staying with her relatives and was studying in a nearby school.
Locals staged demonstration in front of the local police station demanding stringent action against the accused.
The incident has sent shock waves in the area.