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Odisha: Two arrested for attempt to gang rape


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Umerkote, July 5:

Police today arrested two persons in Umerkote, a sub-divisional town in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district on charges of allegedly attempting to gang rape a woman late on Friday night, police said today.

A tribal woman had boarded an auto rickshaw to visit her relative at Dusherapada locality on Friday evening.

The accused auto rickshaw driver and his accomplice allegedly stopped the vehicle at a desolate spot and attempted to rape the woman who was then the lone passenger.

However, the courageous woman fought back and managed to escape from the clutches of the duo and seek shelter in a nearby village. A family not only offered her shelter but later took her to the police station to formally lodge a complaint, reports said.

The accused auto driver, identified as Gopa Patnaik and his accomplice, identified as Bhagat Harijan, were arrested and forwarded to court, police said.