Nun rape case; TI parade to be conducted anywhere : CM

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 25 (UNI) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said his government was ready to conduct the Test Identification parade of the accused, arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a nun in the strife-torn Kandhmal, anywhere in the country.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Patnaik said senior Crime Branch officers were investigating into the ''savage'' incident and nine persons had so far been arrested in connection with the crime.

Home Secretary T K Mishra said the state Director General of Police and the IG crime were asked to expedite the inquiry in the rape case and initiate steps for the identification of the accused.

He appealed again to the nun to cooperate in the investigation process and identify the accused and promised to provide security to the nun.

The nun in an FIR in Baliguda Police station had alleged that she was humiliated by a mob and raped by one on August 25 at K Nuagaon village two days after the murder of Swami Laxamananda Sarswati and four of his disciples.

The Home Secretary said the state government would abide by the directives of the Supreme Court and implement the directives in letter and spirit.

He said as per the directives of the Apex court the government had directed the Kandhamal District Collector to make a realistic assessment of religious institutions, including churches, damaged during the communal riot within a fortnight.

Mr Mishra said the government would extend assistance to the religious institutions after the receipt of the report of the Collector.

The Supreme court while adjudicating a case. filed by Archbishop of Cuttack Rafael Cheenath. had directed the government to generously consider to extend reasonable assistance to the Churches. damaged during the recent communal riot.

The District Magistrate, the Home Secretary said, was asked to include NGOs doing good work in the district in the relief and rehabilitation work in the trouble-torn district.

The Home Secretary said the government would set up a fast track court in consultation with the High Court and appoint Special Prosecutors for the speedy disposal of riot-related cases.

The Union Government had already been requested to allow the 53 companies of CRPF to remain in the trouble-torn Kandhamal district till the end of December 2008.

Mr Mishra said as many as 600 peace committee had been formed to maintain peace and harmony among the people, adding more such committees would be formed.

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