Soro, Jan 28: A man was thrashed black & blue by locals for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in Khaira block in Balasore district on Thursday, police said.
According to reports, the accused took the victim to a secluded place luring her with chocolate and raped her.
Passer-by rushed to the spot hearing her scream and rescued.
The locals nabbed the accused and thrashed him black and blue.
They admitted the girl to the local hospital in a nearby hospital and handed the accused over to the police.
Later, the kin of the victim lodged a complaint against the accused in Khairia police station in this regards. Police have initiated a probe into the matter.