The minor was raped on several occasions since March this year Credit: Representational image

Guwahati: Odisha Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested Biramitrapur Police Station’s former inspector-in-charge (IIC) Ananda Chandra Majhi for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl inside the police station and then forcibly terminating her pregnancy.

According to reports, from March this year, the minor was subjected to rape/gangrape several times by the IIC, another unidentified officer of Biramitrapur Police Station, survivor’s stepfather and two local youths. A case was registered against them on June 26.

On Wednesday, Odisha DGP Abhay, announcing that the accussed has been dismissed from service, tweeted an apology to the survivor, he wrote, “DGP has dismissed Inspector Ananda Chandra Majhi former IIC of Birmitrapur Police Station from service .

His conduct was shameful .Our apologies to the young girl.”

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The accused was arrested from a forest area after he went missing following the registeration of the case. Informing about the development DGP Odisha tweeted, “Crime Branch has traced and arrrested Ananda Chandra Majhi , dismissed Inspector and accused in this case from forested area under Handapa PS of Angul district .He will be produced before judicial court now .

Well done Crime Branch of Odisha Police .”

According to reports, the matter came to light after the child was spotted crying outside the police station by an NGO, rescued and later handed over to child welfare committee. The district child protection officer had lodged a complaint with Raiboga police station. CID officials said the charge sheet would be filed within 60 days for trial before a fast track court.

The minor had gone to visit a fair in March this year but the event was cancelled due to the lockdown. A police patrol team found her roaming near a bus stand and took her to the police station. There, Majhi allegedly raped her. After that, she was often called to the police station and raped by some policemen, including the inspector.

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