Septuagenarian held for raping minor girl in Gajapati

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Gajapati: A 70-year-old man was detained today for allegedly raping a minor girl at New Camp Street II under Paralakhemundi police limits in Gajapati district yesterday.

The accused has been identified as Barik Pradhan.

According to sources, the elderly man lured the 7-year-old girl with chocolates and took her to an isolated place where he allegedly outraged her modesty.

Later, after returning home, the victim narrated her ordeal to her parents following which a complaint was lodged with Paralakhemundi police late last night.

Based on the complaint, the police registered a case under Section 376 (AB) and 506/34 of the IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO Act.

While the accused is in police custody for interrogation, detailed investigation into the incident is underway, Paralakhemundi SDPO Thakur Prasad Patra informed.

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