More arrests likely in Orissa nun rape case: police

January 6th, 2009 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Jan 6 (IANS) A few more arrests are likely in connection with the alleged rape of a nun during the communal violence in Orissa’s Kandhamal district, officials said Tuesday.A state crime branch police official said four-five people were present when the nun was assaulted and dragged into a building by some people.

Police have already arrested 10 people but the victim identified only two of them during a test identification parade conducted Monday in Choudwar jail in the district of Cuttack, some 30 km from here.

“We are looking for two to three people involved in the case,” the official told IANS.

The 29-year-old Catholic nun was attacked by a mob and raped in Kandhamal district on Aug 24. She filed a complaint with the police two days later.

The nun was reluctant to attend the identification parade in Kandhamal district despite orders by a local court and had earlier petitioned the high court seeking change of the venue to Cuttack.

The high court on Dec 18 asked the state police crime branch to conduct the test identification parade in the Choudwar jail.

Kandhamal district, about 200 km from here, witnessed widespread communal violence after the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his aides at his ashram Aug 23.

At least 38 people were killed in the state and thousands of Christians forced to flee their homes after their houses were attacked by rampaging mobs. About 6,700 people are still living in government-run relief camps in the district.

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