Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Khurda, Apr 24:
Within 24 hours of the alleged rape of a cook, Nirakarpur police today arrested the prime accused in the case from Odisha’s Nayagarh district, but not before scores of irate villagers gheraoed the police station alleging inaction.
Police had formed a special three-member team to apprehend the accused after incensed villagers gheraoed Nirakarpur police station till this afternoon pressing for immediate arrest of the accused.
The team swung into action and arrested the man from Ranpur in Nayagarh district.
The 40-year-old woman from Nilagiripatna, working as a cook in a school in Badapokharia village, was allegedly raped repeatedly by 35-year-old Kapil Ransingh hailing from Sunakhala in Khurda district.
“We have arrested the accused based on the complaint filed by the woman. Further investigation is on,” a police officer said.
The victim was raped in the school classroom and then packed into a sack before being thrown into a shallow well in the campus on Wednesday. After raping the mother of one, the accused allegedly beat her up severely leaving her unconscious.
Taking advantage of the inert state of the woman, the tormentor tied her limbs and hands and shoved her into a sack before throwing her into a well. He kept the woman under captivity from 4 pm till late in the night before attempting to eliminate her.
The alleged rapist left the scene presuming that the woman was dead. However, the villagers rescued her when she sounded an alarm for help after regaining consciousness at around 1 am.
The villagers identified her and informed her family and ambulance service.
The victim bearing injury marks all over the body was rescued in a critical condition and admitted to the Khurda district headquarters hospital for immediate medical attention.
Meanwhile, the woman is out of danger and recorded her statement following which the police swung into action and arrested the accused.
The woman having a child from a deranged husband was doubling up as cook and saleswoman to support her family. She used to work as cook in a school and sell papad and other snack items in the village and adjoining areas in the afternoon.