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15-year-old girl kidnapped, raped in Odisha; Two arrested

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Kendrapara (Odisha), Jan 20: Two persons have been arrested on charges of kidnapping and raping a 15-year- old girl in Kendrapara district, police said on Monday.

The incident happened on January 12 when the girl, a resident of Araji village, was allegedly kidnapped by three men from Pattamundai area of the district.

15-year-old girl kidnapped, raped in Odisha; Two arrested

The accused had kidnapped the girl on the pretext of giving her a lift, raped her in turns in their vehicle and dumped her near the Araji village, a police officer said.

During the investigation, it came to light that the accused persons had offered a spiked soft drink to the girl and she was apparently raped after she fell unconscious, the officer said.

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While two persons have been apprehended from Telkoi in Keonjhar district on Sunday, another accused is absconding, the Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Kendrapara, Ranjan Kumar Dey, said, adding, efforts are on to nab him.

The girl's family had lodged a kidnapping complaint with the police on January 13 but there was no mention of sexual assault in it, the SDPO said.

Sexual abuse was established after the victim underwent a medical examination, he said. The accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, he added.

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