"I am sorry if anyone is hurt over my statement. I have no intention to hurt anyone. I am an open minded person," Maharathy told reporters after the activists of Mahila Congress demanded his resignation and BJP members sought a CBI probe into the rape and subsequent death of the 19-year old dalit woman in Pipili area of Puri district.
“The accused would target young girls who came to eat at bhandaaras or collect prashad at temples and were unaccompanied by adults. After sexually assaulting them, he would murder them,” said a senior police officer.
Calling it an “aggravated” offence, Special Judge MA Baraliya, said, “The letter of accused, dated 11.02.2017, itself shows that accused was knowing his involvement in such a heinous crime of molesting the minor girl, who was his housemaid.
“The shop was shut so she returned. He then took her to a nearby primary school where he attempted to sexually assault her. She began screaming and alerted people outside, following which the accused fled. He was arrested on Tuesday,” said a police official.