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Rarest of uncommon: Baranga gang-rape accused nabbed after 21 years


Bhubaneswar: In a rarest of uncommon case, the prime accused within the sensational gang-rape case involving the estranged spouse of an IFS officer that led to the resignation of then Odisha chief minister JB Patnaik in 1999 was nabbed after 21 years from Maharashtra.

Bibekananda Biswal alias Biban was held from Aamby Valley in Lonavala in Maharashtra. In keeping with Bhubaneswar- Cuttack’s Commissioner of Police S Sarangi, Biban, the prime accused within the case, was working there as a plumber beneath the faux id of Jalandhar Swain.

‘Operation Silent Viper’ was launched three months again to nab the accused, following which the detention might be made, the officer added. The incident had created a state-wide outrage, resulting in the resignation of the then chief minister.

Three individuals have been accused within the case – whereas two individuals have been arrested and convicted, Biban remained elusive for greater than twenty years, officers stated. Pradip Sahu alias Padia, a convict within the case, had died whereas present process remedy at Capital Hospital right here in February final yr.

Padia was the primary to be arrested within the case after the survivor recognized him on January 15, 1999. In 2002, the Khurda District Classes choose convicted him and Tuna Mohanty, sentencing them to life imprisonment.

The Excessive Court docket in 2010 had upheld the decision.  The three individuals had waylaid the girl and raped her for hours at a spot close to Baranga, about 15 km from Bhubaneswar, on the intervening night time of January 9-10 in 1999.

The girl was on her technique to Cuttack together with a journalist-friend in a automobile. The CBI, which was entrusted by the Orissa Excessive Court docket to analyze the case, has maintained that the trio had raped her.

The police will now handover Biban to CBI who will formally arrest him, sources stated. The girl demanded capital punishment for the prime accused within the case.

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