Officials get Kunduli notice

Koraput: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has directed the superintendent of police and district collector of Koraput to personally appear before it at its headquarters in New Delhi on April 24 for hearing of the alleged gang-rape and suicide of the minor scheduled caste girl at Kunduli in Pottangi police station area here.

The commission, in a letter, has stated that following a spot-visit report submitted by its member Yogendra Paswan, NCSC chairman Ram Shankar Katheria has desired to hear the case with the police superintendent and the collector in person in the chamber of the chairman.

"You are requested to make it convenient to appear before the chairman and member as per the schedule mentioned above at the headquarters of the NCSC at New Delhi along with all relevant documents to facilitate the hearing," the letter reads.

Acting on the petition filed by Koraput MLA Krushna Sagaria, the NCSC had intervened in the case and a team of the commission had visited the victim's family at Musaguda village on February 12.

The Class-IX girl who was alleged gang-raped by four men in camouflage uniform on October 10, 2017, had committed suicide on January 22.

The police, however, had claimed that the 14-year-old girl was never gang-raped. In another development, Orissa High Court on April 11 issued notices to the state government and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asking them to file replies to petitions seeking CBI investigation into the alleged gang-rape of the minor girl.

As many as five separate petitions have been field in the high court, including a petition by the victim's brother and mother, seeking a CBI inquiry into the incident.

Earlier, a five-member team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had conducted a fact-finding exercise into the case in the district.


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