College girl raped in running bus, murdered

Rape of a Dalit girl

Amid a statewide uproar over the alleged rape of a Dalit girl in Puri district, a 19-year-old college girl was allegedly gangraped in a moving bus and murdered here.

The victim, a plus three first-year student of Bhadrak Autonomous Collage and resident of Ranipur had boarded a private bus to return to her village around 5.30 pm last evening. The girl, however, did not reach home.

Two hours later, two youths reached the government hospital at Agarpada with the girl who was in an unconscious state. “They ran away from the hospital leaving behind their motor bike after doctors declared the girl dead,” her father claimed.

“My daughter was raped in the running bus before being killed,” he alleged. “The police have arrested Raghunath Nayak (driver) and Kartik Chandra Hazira (conductor) of the bus, SP Chintamani Panda said.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case of rape, murder and kidnapping, Panda said. The girl’s father said she might have been killed after being raped.

Angry over the incident, students of Bhadrak Autonomous College here today staged a demonstration in front of the SP’s office and blocked the road between Bhadrak and Agarpada for about 2 hours.