Puri: The helper of a private bus has been detained for allegedly raping a minor girl inside the vehicle near Kumbharapada in Puri district.
The incident came to light late on Monday night when some locals found the victim crying on the roadside near Saradhabali. The girl then narrated the incident in detail. Later, Kumbharapada police rescued the girl and she lodged a complaint of rape.
The Kumbharapada police station IIC said the victim has stated that she works in a water park near Malatipatapur on the outskirts of Puri town.
“The victim had gone to her village in Keonjhar district on a leave for some days. On Monday, she had boarded a bus to Puri and was scheduled to get down at Malatipatapur. But as she fell asleep, she missed her destination. By the time she woke up, the bus had arrived in Puri at about 9 pm. As there was no bus from Puri at that hour, the helper asked her to sleep inside the bus. However, he allegedly raped her late at night,” the IIC said, quoting from the victim’s statement.
He said the victim and accused will be sent for medical examination. “We will take appropriate action on the basis of the report,” he added..