More than 200 people belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities took out a rally here in protest against failure on the part of police to arrest the accused in rape and murder of a Koya tribe girl.
They also submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister to Collector M Muthukumar demanding CBI probe into the case. The protesters were led by Zilla Parishad president Padmini Muduli and vice-president Bansidhar Muduli.
According to the FIR filed at Orkel police station, the accused lured the tribal girl, a native of Bandiguda village under Chimtapalli panchayat, five years back promising to marry her. Instead of marrying her, he sexually exploited her. Later, he took her to Andhra Pradesh where she worked as a daily labourer. She was brought back to Kudmulgumma after a few months. She was frequently beaten up mercilessly by the accused and raped by some youths. On November 24, she was administered poison and taken to Kudmulgumma PHC where the doctors declared her brought dead.
Contacted, the Collector said a committee comprising Sub-Collector and SDPO has been formed to look into the case.
While the Sub-Collector will probe whether lapses have been committed by the doctors, the SDPO will try to ascertain police negligence, if any. On getting their reports, action will be initiated, he added.