Odisha: Baranga gang-rape survivor demands death for main accused | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: The woman, who was gang-raped by three men in Baranga area of Cuttack in January 1999, heaved a sigh of relief following the arrest of main accused Bibekananda Biswal on Monday and demanded that he should be hanged.
“The CBI had sat silent for all these years. I am grateful to police commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi for finally providing me with some justice. I struggled with untold misery and trauma for the last two decades. There were several attempts to kill me,” she told the media.
The survivor said the prime accused should have been arrested when former chief minister JB Patnaik was alive. It must be noted that JB had to tender his resignation amid furore over the case. The woman had accused JB and his close associate (a former advocate general) of having engaged the accused to rape her.
Retired Orissa high court judge, justice A S Naidu, who had in 2010 upheld the life imprisonment of Pradeep Sahu and Dhirendra Mohanty, issued by Khurda sessions court in 2002, praised the commissionerate police for managing to nab the main accused. Naidu in his order had come down heavily on the CBI for failing to arrest the main accused.

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