New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident, a nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered at Hatpada in Kotagarh area of Odisha’s Kandhamal district. The incident took place on Saturday when the girl, a student of class four, had gone for a bath after returning home from school, Additional Superintendent of Police UR Das told news agency PTI. Also Read - Bihar Man Hacks 4 Kids to Death in Fit of Rage; Wife and 1 Daughter Receives Critical Injuries

Her father lodged a complaint with Kotagarh police station, when the girl did not return home for a long time. Later in the evening, villagers spotted her body lying half naked near a bush with blood and injury marks, the police said. With the family members of the girl and villagers alleging that she was raped and murdered, the body was sent for autopsy and scientific investigation was on, they said. Also Read - TV Actor Accuses Casting Director of Rape, Harassment And Impregnating Her; Police Registers Case

Following the incident, tension prevailed in Kotagarh town and adjoining areas with angry people resorting to road blockade demanding immediate arrest of the culprit and adequate compensation to the bereaved family. They also demanded steps to shut down all liquor shops in the area saying liquor was the main cause of such crimes. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: Schools in These States Won’t Open Till Year-end | Complete List Here

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man identified as Gagan Pradhan has been arrested in connection with the crime, said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Balliguda Nitin Kusalkar.

(With inputs from agencies)