KENDRAPADA: Police made a breakthrough in the Dalit woman assault and parading naked case by arresting one of the accused on Friday. He is Rabi Mallick. Four others, Pabitra Mallick, Netrananda Mallick, Chabi Mallick and Gangadhar Mallick, are on the run.
The incident took place in Jagatsinghpur's Mangarajpur village within Kujang police limits on last Thursday when the victim, Sasmita Mallick (29), protested against the accused defecating in her field near the house. She suffered serious head injuries and is battling for life at a private nursing home in Cuttack. "Her husband, Satyananda Mallick, had filed an FIR in which he had stated that the five had attacked his wife with iron rods," said Gupteswar Bhoi, the police officer of Kujang police station.
"We filed a case against the five under Sections 354,323, 307,294, 506 and 34 of the IPC. All the accused have fled the village. On Friday, we arrested Rabi Mallick. Police are carrying out raids to arrest the others," the police officer said. The victim was first admitted to Kujang community health centre (CHC) and later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital. But she was admitted to a private hospital in Cuttack after doctors at SCB allegedly failed to treat her.
On Thursday, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) directed the Jagatsinghpur superintendent of police to submit a detailed report about this case within two weeks. The OHRC chairman also directed the head of department of SCB's orthopaedic department to submit a report about her treatment in the hospital.
The victim's husband has alleged that some ruling party leaders in a clear nexus with police are trying to shield the accused. He has moved the Jagatsinghpur SP to take action against the accused. Contacted Bhoi denied all allegations against the police and stated that the police are investigating the case. All the accused will be arrested soon, he added.