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Dr. Gunabalan is a resident of 9th Yadav Street, Cuddalore District, KattumannarKovil Circle and works as a Block Medical Officer at the Kattumannarkovil Primary Health Center.Dr. Vikraman, who is in charge of his subordination, is working as a Medical Officer at the Vandayar reserve near Kumarachi. He belongs to the Hindu Goundar community.
Dr. Vikram returned to his work on May 25 after a break of working with COVID patients from May 12 to 18. It is learned that the district medical administration has ordered all the medical personnel to work for three more days due to the corona infection. Dr. Vikraman thought that Dr. Gunapalan was the reason for it and he threatened Gunapalan over the phone and he immediately disconnected the call.
Dr. Gunabalan met Dr. Senthilkumar, Deputy Director (Medical and Family Welfare) in Cuddalore on 28.05.2021 the next day and reported the above incidents. He has also said that he would take action on it.
Following this, Kattumannarkovil Assembly Member Chinthanaichelvan visited and inspected the primary health center under the care of Dr. Gunapalan. Then he asked for a list of what equipment was needed for the PH. Gunabalan has gone to the pH of Sivakam, Elleri and Kumarachchi and prepared a list of necessary equipment.
Finally on 04.06.2021 at around 11.30 am when the driver Balamurugan and his assistant Siva went to the PH in Vandayar reserve with Dr. Gunabalan. On seeing Doctor Gunabalanhe immediately picked up the cell phone and called someone.
After a while Gunabalan asked Vikram, that why did he scolded him over the phone?" and immediately Vikramgrabbed his shirt and physically abused him by slapping on his face in public view. Seeing this, pharmacist Chinuvasan nurse Bakiya, scavengerdevaki came rushing to pacify the situation. Then Dr. Vikramtold the Gunabalan’steam that he stumbled and fell on a nearby bench and injured his nose.
In few minutes more than 30 people from VandayarIruppu, Puliyangudi and Ilangamoor villages, including Sivakumar, the chairman of the VandayarIruppu panchayat rushed to the PHC in more than 15 two-wheelers and brutally attacked the riverBalamurugan and assistant Siva.
Doctor Gunabalan immediately informed the police. Four policemen who arrived at the scene have taken Dr. Gunapala and Dr. Vikraman to the Kumaratchi Police Station. Both have been interrogated there and both have received complaints. The case was registered under Section 294 (b), 323, 353, IPC, 77/2021 and counter FIR under Section 341, 294 (b), 323, 332, 353, 506 (1) IPC No. 76/2021 on Dr. Gunabalan, driver Balamurugan and assistant Siva have been booked.
Manisha Das, a 15-year-old minor girl was kidnapped on 15.08.2020. Her parents searched for her, could not trace her and filed a complaint in Krushnaprashad police Station on the next day. Basing on the complaint FIR No. 132 was lodged u/s 363 IPC on 17.08.2020. On 18.08.2020 at about noon, information regarding the girl was received by the father of the girl. It was found that the girl was in serious condition after taking poison. She was taken to the Community Health Centre at Krushnaprasad from where taken to MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur. After treatment, the girl recovered and she disclosed regarding repeated aggravated penetrative sexual assault during these 3 days. Her father lodged complaint about gang rape in Krushnaprasad Police Station which was not received. He went to file complaint before the Superintendent of Police, Puri; as the SP was not in the office, he submitted the complaints to the Additional Superintendent of Police, Puri. The girl is still not discharged from the hospital. Her video statements are provided to us and to the Superintendent of Police. Considering the sensitivity of the case, a fact finding was conducted by ALVM.
The victim Elina Kandi, D/o Sarat Kandi, Village- Sirikoili, Block/PS- Nimapara, Dist- Puri, belongs to SC (Bauri) community. She has 100% permanent speech and hearing impairment. She was continuing her studies in 8th class at Patitapaban Seva Sangh, Chanarapada, Nimapada. Due to the lockdown (Covid-19) in Odisha in the month of March 2020 all the educational institutions were closed. Elina had to return home. During this period, the perpetrator Ajay Kumar Nayak aged about 17 raped her by taking advantages of her disabilities. Subsequently he repeatedly raped and she was pregnant. The matter was not disclosed because of the disability of the victim; she feared to disclose before anybody.
After few months the victim’s mother and cousin came to know about her pregnancy and for the confirmation they went to the nearest private hospital. After few tests, the doctor said that she was nearly 7 or 8 months pregnant. After that it was difficult to identify the accused as the victim could not express. After many efforts for days, she indicated the accused. After knowing this, Elina’s father Mr.Sarat Kandi met father of the accused and demanded justice for his daughter but he refused to admit that his son did this kind of obscene activities.
Then Victim’s father Mr.Sarat Kandi informed ALVM. The team immediately reached the victim’s place, conducted a fact finding. A written complaint was lodged by Sarat Kandi which was registered in Nimapara police station case number 287 dated 22.11.2020 u/s 376 (2)(h)(l)(n), 376 (3) of IPC, 3 (2)(v) of SC & ST (PoA) Act and 6 of POCSO Act. The accused is in Juvenile home, Berhampur, Odisha and the investigation is still going on.