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Nun rape case trial resumes

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Three witnesses who had already been examined by a Kandhamal court were summoned for recording their statements


CUTTACK: The second phase of deposition and recording of statements of Kandhamal nun rape case witnesses began here on Tuesday at the trial court of the district sessions court.

While three witnesses who had already been examined by a Kandhamal court earlier were again recalled by the trial court to record their statements for the day. But the statements only of witness Debadutta Naik, a local farmer, could be recorded.

Naik told the trial court exactly opposite what he had deposed earlier at the Kandhamal court. While, earlier he had deposed that he was not present at the spot when a mob had attacked the Baliguda Catholic Church on August 25, 2008 during the communal riot, on Tuesday he told the trial court here that he was present on the spot.

“A mob of about 50 to 60 youths attacked the church shouting pro-Hindu slogans and manhandled the priest and a nun of the church on August 25, 2008 after the death of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati”, Naik deposed saying he was a witness to the incident.

Naik said that he saw after a while that the priest and the nun were paraded on the road with their hands folded and the mob was walking besides them shouting slogans. The nun had injury marks on her face while her body was covered with a cloth, Naik said.

During cross-examination by defence counsel, the witness said he had told lies during his earlier deposition and whatever he was saying now were true.

He however, admitted that the priest and the nun had visited his house after the earlier deposition and offered him food and money”, said defence counsel Ajit Patnaik.

Patnaik however, maintained that they would file a case against the witness Debadutta Naik under section 193 of IPC for giving a false affidavit to the court.

The nun was summoned to depose before the court on Wednesday.

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