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Communal tension in UP town after woman gangraped

Heavy police force has been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow |
January 15, 2015 12:57:54 pm

Tension prevailed in Charkhari area of Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba district after a 22-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and gangraped by four youths of another community on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The victim also alleged that the accused forced her to consume liquor before sexually assaulting her.

Heavy police force has been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. The incident took a communal turn after local BJP workers and Hindu Yuva Vahini activists staged demonstration in front of the Charkhari police station and BJP MP from Hamirpur Pushpendra Singh Chandel reached there on Monday to register a case of abduction and rape.

The saffron activists alleged that the police were reluctant to register an FIR in this connection. Union minister Niranjan Jyoti too reportedly assured the local BJP workers of soon visiting Charkhari to take up the issue.

The victim is a final-year graduate student who runs a garment shop near her house. The accused — identified as Irfan and Shanu — worked at an engineering shop near victim’s garment outlet.

Circle Officer (Charkhari) Dhananjay Kushwaha said that the victim lodged the complaint on Tuesday alleging that Irfan, Shanu and two unidentified youths abducted and raped her at an under construction building near her shop. The police have sent the victim for medical examination, he said.

Mahoba SP Ram Kishore said Irfan and Shanu were arrested on Wednesday while efforts were on nab the other two accused. Kushwaha claimed that that the girl had visited the police station on Monday and filed a complaint against Irfan for beating her up, however, she did not mention that she was raped. When questioned later, the victim told the police that the accused have threatened her against lodging a rape complaint, the officials said.

According to the complaint, Irfan came to the victim’s house on Sunday evening and asked to accompany him to her garment shop for buying some items. As she accompanied him, Irfan, Shanu and their two other youths forcibly dragged her to the under construction building, asked her to consume liquor and raped her.

She, somehow, reached her home next morning after the accused left the spot, the complaint said. Mahoba district BJP president Chakrapani Tripathi said the party workers have taken up the matter seriously. “As the police was reluctant to lodge the FIR, BJP MP Pushpendra Singh Chandel along with party workers reached the police station and got the case registered. Union minister Niranjan Jyoti too called me up today and took stock of situation. She has also spoken to the senior police officials in this regard. She will be visiting Mahoba soon,” the BJP leader said.

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