Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 5:
A nine year old minor girl being taken away by a 20 year old youth on the pretext of giving her an anklet was rescued by local residents in the Odisha capital today.
Police suspect that the accused, identified as Sankar Bhoi, was taking the girl away with an intention to sexually assault her.
The incident took place when the victim, a fourth-class student of a school near Bhimtangi under Airfield police limits, was going to attend her classes.
The accused, who stays in Bhoi Sahi in Laxmi Sagar area, lured her by giving her an anklet bought by the victim’s father.
“The accused told the minor that her father has bought a pair of anklets and asked her to come with him to his house,” said a police official.
The accused managed to bring her with him and both of them walked around six kilometers before a few commuters spotted both of them near the Unit VIII DAV school. When passersby asked the accused, he said the girl is the daughter of his cousin. Unconvinced with his reply, they grilled the youth and handed him over to police when ehty found his replies inconsistent and incoherent.
“We have arrested the person for taking the girl with him with an ill intention,” said a police official.