The accused has been identified as Dileswar Behera (55), a resident of the same area.
The incident took place last evening after the accused found the girl playing alone and tried to take her to an isolated and forested place under Rengali Dam Site Police Station to rape. However, some locals suspected the accused and detained.
During questioning by the villagers the evil intensions of Dileswar came to notice. He was tied to a poll in the village subsequently and thrashed mercilessly.
“Police reached the spot and arrested the accused after being intimated on the incident. He has been forwarded to court on Tuesday,” said Rengali Police Station IIC Saroj Kant Samal.