Reported by Santsh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 10:
Five days after an 18-year old girl was rescued near the railway station in the Odisha capital in a critical condition with stab wounds all over her body, Government Railway Police (GRP) detained a 20-year-old college student for the attack on Thursday.
The youth identified as Avinash Mohanty was arrested from Saradhapur in Nayagarh district.GRP sources said Mohanty was arrested on attempt to murder charges.
The GRP had rescued the girl, a native of Balugaon in the same district, in a critically injured condition from near platform number- 4 of the Bhubaneswar railway station on Sunday afternoon.
Giving details of the case, a GRP official said Mohanty and the girl were college mates and were in a relationship. While the girl was a +3 Commerce student at the Nayagarh Autonomous College, Mohanty was a + 3 second year science student in the same college.
Both of them had left their houses on Saturday morning and had reached Bhubaneswar the same day ostensibly to get married, police sources said.
During their stay in a lodge in Ashok Nagar area here, Mohanty had drugged the girl and had taken her to platform number four of the Bhubaneswar Railway station in a semi conscious state and then attacked her with a sharp weapon late on Saturday night.
Mohanty had taken her for dead after repeatedly stabbing her and had then left for his native village, the sources said. He wanted to get rid of the girl, who was insisting on marriage, the sources added.
The accused had confessed to the crime during interrogation, GRP Inspector Soubhagya Swain said.
“It was a pre-planned attack. Further investigation is on. We have slapped charges under sections 325, 326, 307 and 376 of IPC against the accused after registering GRPS case number-105,” he said.
Based on information extracted from Mohanty during his interrogation, GRP personnel recovered the weapon used by him to attack the girl from under a bush near the railway station.
Meanwhile, the GRP Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjay Kausal, along with other police officials, conducted visited the spot where the girl was rescued from.
The SP said efforts are on to trace two gold chains, Rs 14,000 in cash and a mobile phone carried by the girl while leaving home.
The girl is still undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.