AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Dec. 9, 2019, 8 p.m.
Bhubaneswar, Dec 9: Four persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged gang-rape of a woman in Sambalpur district of Odisha, the police said on Monday.
The woman was allegedly kidnapped and gang raped under Ainthapali police limits in the district on Saturday night. She was found lying unconscious on the road and was rescued by the police in a critical condition.
The victim has been admitted to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla for treatment and her condition is stable, said police.
Sambalpur Superintendent of Police Kanwar Vishal Singh said the case is being treated as a 'Red Flag' case by police headquarters.
"The four accused persons have been arrested on the basis of available evidence. Based on the victim's statement, an FIR has been registered at the Ainthapali police station. A DSP rank woman police officer is investigating the case," said Singh.
He said steps will be taken to submit a chargesheet in the case within 20 days.
On Saturday, the third accused in the case of the alleged gang rape of a girl in Puri town of Odisha was arrested, the police said.
The accused, who was absconding since the incident happened on December 2, was reportedly arrested on Saturday evening from a village under Brahmagiri police station area, they said.
Two of the four persons, including a dismissed police constable, accused of raping the 17-year-old girl in the temple town were arrested on December 3.
The girl was allegedly gang raped by two persons including the former police constable inside a police quarters near Jhadeswari Club in the town.
The police quarters where the crime was committed had been allotted to the dismissed constable's wife who is also a constable, sources said.
A case has been registered against the accused under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act besides the IPC.
While waiting at Nimapara bus stand, around 30 km from Puri, the girl was offered a lift by the dismissed constable and his friends. They took her to the temple town and allegedly raped her.
The girl had claimed that she was raped by two persons while two others left the scene after closing the door from outside. She managed to flee from the police quarters as the accused were in an inebriated condition.
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