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Village pradhan arrested for ‘molesting’ widow

A village pradhan belonging to the Muslim community has been arrested for allegedly molesting a Jat woman at Roshangarh village in Baghpat district’s Balauni area.

A VILLAGE pradhan belonging to the Muslim community has been arrested for allegedly molesting a Jat woman at Roshangarh village in Baghpat district’s Balauni area.

On Friday night, pradhan Haji Najim was caught by villagers when he entered the house of the woman — a widow in her 40s. The villagers, who were alerted by the woman’s cries for help, caught hold of Najim and assaulted him. He was later handed over to police.

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Najim, who was sent to jail on Saturday, has been booked under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to a woman to outrage her modesty) and 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) of the IPC. Roshangarh village has a mixed population of Muslims and Jats.

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“The pradhan and the woman, who is a mother of two, belong to same political group in the village… The woman’s family had supported Najim in the gram panchayat elections held last year,” Khekra Circle Officer Swetabh Pandey said.

He added: “There is no trouble… the situation is normal. We have taken all measures to avert any possible incident… Police pickets situated outside have now been stationed in the village.”

First published on: 14-03-2016 at 04:17:14 am
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