Reported by Swadhin Rout
Brahmapur, May 15:
In yet another shocking and shameful act, a minor girl was found murdered after being allegedly raped at Haladiapadar on the outskirts of Brahmapur city in Odisha’s Ganjam district today.
Sources said the body of a 16 year old minor girl of Nua Bauri Sahi of Haladiapadar under Golanthara police limits was found in a garden belonging to a neighbour.
Prima facie evidence suggested that the minor girl was raped before being strangulated to death, said sources.
The culprits are suspected to be from the same village, sources added.
Sources said power supply had failed in the village following rains on Wednesday night and the family slept in the open except the minor girl who slept inside the house. The family had kept the doors of their house open, sources said.
At around 2.30 am when power supply was restored, the family found the girl missing from her room. The family and other villagers searched for the girl all night, but in vain. The girl’s body was discovered in the garden of a neighbour Pitamber Behera of the Sahi early on Thursday morning, said sources.
Golanthara police has begun investigation into the case. Sniffer dogs were pressed into service by the police to nab the culprits.
Additional SP, Ganjam, B Gangadhar said only the autopsy report can reveal whether the girl was raped or not.
Tension prevails in the area following the incident. Hardly five days back, Haldipadar was in the news for a shocking case of honour killing wherein a girl and her lover were brutally hacked allegedly by her own brothers.