Jagatsinghpur minor rape, murder: Main accused held

Jagatsinghpur: The main accused in the rape and murder of a minor girl at Gadaharishpur village under Erasama block in Jagatsinghpur on Wednesday, was arrested by the police on Thursday morning.

Laba Mana alias Kalia was arrested from Badambadi area of Cuttack when he was trying to flee to Kolkata.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief and utter shock over the rape and murder of the minor girl. Extending solidarity with the family members of the victim who was first raped and then brutally murdered, Patnaik announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased. Patnaik had also directed the police administration to nab the accused at the earliest

On Wednesday morning, the naked body of a 10-year-old girl was found at a cashew forest in Gadaharishpur village under Erasama block in Jagatsinghpur. She was raped and murdered.

According to reports, the deceased went missing on Tuesday and her family members were unable to trace her whereabouts despite their frantic efforts.

This morning, the body of the girl was spotted by some villagers at the forest near the village. On being informed, the family members reached the spot and identified the body.

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