Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 31:

The sensational incident of gangrape of a minor tribal girl in Patrapur block of Ganjam district rocked Odisha Assembly today as Opposition members created ruckus in the House raising the matter.

Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra repeated his demand of a Crime Branch (CB) probe into the incident.

Demanding a statement of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the incident, Congress and BJP members created noise standing near their seats.

Amid pandemonium, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House for an hour.

“This is a shameful incident for the entire state and nation. The incident would have rocked the country if it had occurred in Delhi. The matter is being suppressed as the accused belong to the ruling party. The Chief Minister is protecting them,” Mishra told reporters outside the House.

“We have demanded a statement of the Chief Minister over the incident,” he said.

“The Congress is trying to politicise the incident and the BJP is supporting it. This is a matter of dignity of a tribal girl and the BJD is concerned about it. Investigation has started into the incident under the leadership of an SDPO. Action will be taken against anyone found guilty in the incident,” said BJD MLA Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra outside the House.

Notably, a 13-year-old tribal girl of Ankuli panchayat under Patrapur block in Ganjam district was allegedly gangraped by her five cousin brothers for 9 days at a forest over their political rivalry with her father.