Congress strike hits Koraput

Life was thrown out of gear by a seven-hour Koraput strike called by the Congress on Monday.

By Our Correspondent in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 17.10.17
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Bhubaneswar: Life was thrown out of gear by a seven-hour Koraput strike called by the Congress on Monday.

The Congress was protesting against police's inability to arrest four security personnel allegedly involved in the gang-rape of a girl in the district on October 10. While the district Congress observed a strike between 6am and 1pm, Maoists also observed a 12-hour strike the same day.

Various government and private institutions remained closed in the district, along with educational institutes and shops.

Traffic movement, including bus services, stopped during the strike. The Congress also demanded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the victim and accused the police of detaining four innocents and torturing villagers on the pretext of trying to identify the accused.

Congress MLA of the district Tara Prasad Bahinipati accused the state government of remaining silent on the issue. He said: "Seven days have passed since the incident, but the police are yet to arrest the accused. The investigating agencies also seem to be clueless. The state government should provide a compensation of Rs 50 lakh and also bear the educational expenses of the victim."

The 14-year-old girl was allegedly gagged and gang-raped at gunpoint by four uniformed personnel in the Lanjiguda forest while she was on her way to school from Kunduli.