Rape-murder of minor girl: Odisha CM announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the minor girl, who was allegedly raped and murdered at Kotpad in Kandhamal district.

Condemning the incident, the CM conveyed his deep sympathies to the bereaved family members of the victim.

Notably, the mutilated body of a nine-year-old was recovered from a forest near Kotpad in Kandhamal district on Saturday.

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Sources said the incident occurred at around 2 am on Saturday when the minor girl had gone to attend nature’s call at a nullah near her house after returning from school.

Following this, the locals staged a road blockade near Hatapada demanding adequate compensation to the victim’s family and immediate arrest of the culprits.

A youth identified as Gagan Nayak has been arrested by the police in this connection.

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