Congress workers block railway track after announcing state-wide bandh

Kunduli gang rape victim ends life Union Tribal Minister demands CBI probe
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A day after the suicide of a 14-year-old who had alleged that she was gangraped by four men in combat uniform, the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed the ruling BJP government in Odisha and called for a statewide bandh for 12-hours today.

Leaders of both the opposition parties said the shutdown would be observed to protest alleged failure of state government in handing out justice to the girl and to demand a CBI probe into the incident. Harichandan claimed that the girl committed suicide 100 days after the gangrape as she was "mentally tortured" by police, doctors and other officials.

President Prasad Harichandan also called for the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for failing to provide justice to the girl, who was forced to commit suicide.

The family of the minor tribal girl from Odisha's Koraput, who was allegedly gang-raped by paramilitary soldiers past year, staged a protest with her body and refused to give their consent for an autopsy on Tuesday, a day after she hanged herself to death.

Union Tribal Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Jual Oram has also condemned the injustice done to the girl.

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As the district seethed in anger over suicide of the victim, Congress activists led by former Nabaranpur MP Pradeep Majhi and former Pottangi MLA Ramachandra Kadam carried the body of the girl from Kunduli hospital with locals blocking the NH by burning tyres and placing stones.

On Monday, the Chief Minister expressed grief and conveyed his sympathy to the family members.

"The girl had earlier claimed that there was threat to her life".

"We feel that the department has some responsibility". "The police misled the state's people when they claimed that her medical report did nor reveal any sexual assault". She was admitted in Sahid Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital, Koraput where amidst tight security the issue got more critical for the non disclosure of medical report for a long time.

The State government, which had ordered a Crime Branch probe into the case, had then ordered a judicial probe to conducted by a sitting District Judge.

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