Bhubaneswar, December 9 (LocalWire): The police today announced that it has decided to request a speedy trial of the gang rape case of a 40-year old married woman in Sambalpur.
According to sources, the police have marked the matter as a Red Flag Case—a case of heinous crime against a woman to be dealt on top priority—in accordance with a circular issued by the Odisha police in 2014.
The Sambalpur police on Monday also claimed that they have cracked the case with the arrest of four persons for the alleged crime.
“The case has been Red Flagged and the investigation is moving in the right direction and four offenders have been arrested,” Sambalpur superintendent of police Kanwar Vishal Singh said.
“Our priority is to have a speedy trial in the case and conviction of the arrested accused persons. The charge-sheet of the case will be submitted within 20 days’ time frame. All incriminating evidence of the crime has been gathered,” he said.
Singh further said that the case will be referred to the fast-track court for expeditious trial and conviction of the accused persons at the earliest.
“Special public prosecutors are being roped in to make it a foolproof case and conviction of the offenders,” he said, refusing to name those arrested in the case.
The offence was committed on the night of 7 December.
Two of the accused had given a lift to the woman on their motorcycle near Ainthapalli chowk.
The woman wanted to go to the local bus stop and the men later dropped her near Bareipalli and raped her after offering cold drinks mixed with a sedative.
They were later joined by two other persons who took turns in raping her.
The woman was spotted lying in an unconscious state on Sunday night and some locals later informed the police.
A native of Hirakud Dam Township, she was later rescued from the spot of the crime and hospitalized by the police.
Both, the victim and all four accused persons are adults, the police stated.