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Police inaction in minor kidnap: OHRC seeks report from Nayagarh SP in 3 weeks

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, Mar 4:

The Odisha Human Right Commission (OHRC) has sought a detailed report from the Nayagarh Superintendent of Police (SP) within three weeks on alleged inaction by Odagaon police in a case involving the kidnap of a minor girl.

According to a petition filed before OHRC chairperson Justice Bira Kishore Mishra by the victim’s parents on Tuesday, Odagaon police have taken no steps to trace their daughter more than a month after she was kidnapped by one Sonu Pradhan (25) of Hariharpur village under Saranakul police limits in the same district from their house located near Odagaon College Road on January 28, while they were out of their house on work.

“The father of the victim who runs a betel shop in the locality had filed a complaint in this regard at the Odagaon police station on January 30. But far from acting on the complaint, the local police took four days just to register an FIR in the case,” said human rights  activist and lawyer Biwapriya Kanungo, who filed the petition in the OHRC on behalf of the complainant.

Even after registering the FIR, the police took no steps to trace the 10th standard girl or arrest the culprit who was booked under sections 363 and 506 of IPC, Kanungo said.

“Emboldened at the police inaction, the accused even had the cheek to threaten the parents of the girl of dire consequences if they did not withdraw the case forthwith,” he said.

Alleging that the police had not done anything in the case under pressure from some influential persons of Hariharpur, the petitioner has demanded stringent action against the local police for their gross apathy in the case.