Odisha's burn victim dies, protestors torch vehicles

Published: 09th August 2013 12:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2013 12:49 PM   |  A+A-


A 14-year-old girl, who was set on fire by some youths after they attempted to rape her in Odisha's Kendrapara district, died at a hospital here, triggering tension in the state capital.

"The girl breathed her last at the Capital Hospital last night," local police station in-charge officer Asim Panda said. She was rushed to Capital Hospital after authorities failed to airlift her to Delhi last night.

The girl, who struggled for survival for 12 days, was admitted to the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack after criminals set her on fire after a rape attempt. However, there was no confirmation of rape.

Doctors at the SCB Medical College and Hospital had brought her to Bhubaneswar airport, but the plan to shift her to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi failed as the victims condition turned critical.

The minor seventh standard girl from Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district was set ablaze by a youth and his friend on July 28. Both the prime suspects in this case Pradip Das and Ekadashi Das--have been arrested.

Soon after her death, angry protesters went berserk and damaged and torched vehicles in different parts of Bhubaneswar early this morning.

Besides damaging ambulances at the Capital Hospital premises, protestors torched two buses and one truck in the citys busy area early in the morning prompting Director General of Police Prakash Mishra to deply about 20 platoons (600 personnel) of force in different parts of the state capital.

Protesters also staged demonstration in front of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaiks residence and official residence of health minister Damodar Rout.

Patnaik condoled the death and announced Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia for the family of the victim. Post-mortem of the body was done and the funeral was held in Puri later.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp