STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Jajpur, 4 September
Sukinda police are yet to arrest a youth who had allegedly stabbed a college- girl on Friday.
Meanwhile, even as a strong sense of resentment is brewing among the student community for failure of police to take action even five days after the crime was committed, police claimed that a manhunt has been launched and the criminal will be nabbed shortly.
“We have already ascertained the identity of the youth. He will be nabbed as soon as possible,” said OIC of Sukinda police station, Mr Tophani Bag, while declining to name the youth, pleading that it may hamper the ongoing investigation.
The victim, Ms Nirupama Dehury, a under-graduate student of Sukinda college, is now said to be out of danger.
According to reports, she was attacked when she was waiting for a vehicle at Baghapokhari on NH-200 along with two of her classmates.
Bleeding profusely, she was first rushed to the local CHC, and later shifted to SCB medical college and hospital, Cuttack when her condition deteriorated.
Incidentally, the attack on Ms Dehury had taken place just after she had returned from a rally to protest the alleged kidnap and rape of a student.
“When she was waiting for a vehicle to return to her village, a youth came and all of a sudden started stabbing her at the back. Before we could react, he fled the spot. She fell unconscious there,” said an eyewitness.
Tension prevailed in the area after the attack news spread as hundreds of students staged a road blockade on Duburi-Sukinda NH -200 at Baghapokhari square demanding immediate arrest of the culprit.
The stir was called off after senior revenue and police officials rushed to the spot and assured the agitators of action.