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Probe into rape of deaf and dumb girl begins

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Bhubaneswar, Aug 12:

The Commissionerate police on Sunday began probe into the alleged rape of a deaf and dumb girl student of the Radio Repair Training wing at a Central Government-run Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for the Handicapped (VRCH) in Pokhariput area of the city here.

Senior police officers including a scientific team visited the lodge from where the accused Dhiraj Kumar Srivastav, a Radio and TV Instructor of the centre, was arrested on Saturday night.

The police claim to have got vital information about Srivastav after interrogating the owner and staff of the city lodge.

The incident came to light after the 20-year old girl lodged an FIR at the Mahila police station on Saturday evening alleging that Srivastav raped her in his ‘house’on August 6.

Acting on her complaint, the police arrested Srivastav from a lodge near Baramunda on Saturday night.

The victim in her complaint said Srivastav took her to his house promising her better healthcare as she was suffering from fever and raped her. Later, he threatened her of dire consequences if she disclosed the incident to anybody.

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