Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 10:
The Twin City Commissionerate police today arrested another accused in connection with the eve-teasing incident on the Patia-Nandankanan road here.
The arrested was identified as Saroj Tripathy, a resident of Raghunathpur on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
According to reports, Saroj was arrested by Nandankanan police after he surrendered at the police station.
With that, the number of arrested persons in the case rose to five.
In a related development, the victims today identified three accused during test identification (TI) parade in the presence of magistrate at Jharpada jail here.
Notably, police had earlier arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in the case.
While one Anil Choudhury, who had gone absconding after the incident, was arrested from Bhubaneswar on January 9, three persons– Madhab Kumar Rout (22) and Mrutyunjay Patra (22) from Raghunathpur area and Biswaranjan Pradhan (21) hailing from Maruti Residency under Nandankanan police limits– were arrested on January 8.
They were arrested under section 354 D, 323, 34 of IPC.
It may be mentioned here that some bike-borne youths had on January 8 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.
The Commissionerate police are investigating into the allegations of delayed arrival of PCR van, sources said.