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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 7:

All accused in the incident of misbehaviour with three girls by a group of youths on the Patia-Nandankanan road here yesterday have been identified, said Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi today.

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The allegation by the victims regarding delay in arrival of police at the spot is being probed, Bhoi said.

The Nandankanan police today conducted raids in Raghunathpur here, the area from where the accused allegedly hail, and detained several youths for questioning.

However, a youth reportedly managed to flee the spot during raid. Police have seized a bike from the youth’s house, which is believed to have been used by the accused during the incident.

Notably, some bike-borne youths had yesterday passed lewd remarks at three girls who were chit-chatting with their male friend near KIIT Square here.

Following the incident, the three girls along with their male friend chased the eve teasers on the Patia-Nandankanan road to nab them.

Though the eve teasers fled the spot, some youths believed to be their friends numbering around 10, suddenly appeared on the scene and abused the girls in foul language. Later, they allegedly assaulted the girls and their male friend in the middle of the road.

The girls alleged while all this was happening in public glare, the onlookers remained a mute spectator to the shameful incident. They further alleged that despite contacting the police control room (PCR), the cops reached almost after 40 minutes when the attackers had fled the spot.

A complaint has been registered at the Nandankanan police station in this regard. Police are examining the retrieved video footage of the incident recorded by one of the victims to ascertain the identities of the attackers.