Bhubaneswar, Jan 15: A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth at a village under Balipatna Police limits on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on Friday.
According to sources, the girl was alone at her home when the accused allegedly raped her.
The victim was rushed to Balipatna hospital and later shifted to Capital Hospital as her health condition deteriorated.
Following a complaint, the Police launched a manhunt and nabbed the accused from Bhubaneswar where he was reportedly hiding after committing the crime.
The accused has been identified as Biswajit Sethi, a daily wager and a close acquaintance of the victim. He used to visit the victim’s house frequently.
Further investigation is underway to ascertain the involvement of any other persons in the heinous crime, said a police official.