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Woman gang-raped in Madhya Pradesh, BJP leader among 4 accused

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In yet another incident of a brutal crime against women in Madhya Pradesh, a 20-year-old woman, a resident of Shahdol district, was repeatedly gang-raped by four people. Notably, the woman was kidnapped, kept captive at a farmhouse for two days and repeatedly sexually assaulted.

A local BJP leader is one of the accused in the case. The saffron party issued a statement in this regard clarifying that the accused office bearer has been removed from the party’s primary membership.

The victim’s family claimed that she was abducted on February 18 when she had gone to buy groceries. She was abducted in a four-wheeler, forced to drink liquor in a farmhouse in Gadaghat area under Jaitpur police station limits and then gang-raped on February 18 and 19, said Shahdol’s additional superintendent of police (ASP) Mukesh Vaish.

He added, “On February 20, the four accused dumped her in front of her house. She filed a police complaint on Sunday. The victim was first taken to Jaitpur health centre and then shifted to the district hospital for treatment.”

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Efforts are underway to nab the four accused, he said.

BJP’s quick action against accused

Soon after the news broke out that the name of BJP Jaitpur mandal chief Vijay Tripathi figured in the FIR as one of the accused, the BJP issued a release informing that he had been thrown out of the party.

Shahdol district BJP president Kamal Pratap Singh has sacked Vijay Tripathi from Jaitpur mandal president’s post, and primary membership of the party after his name figured in the gang-rape case, the release said.

“The BJP has no place for such workers involved in heinous crimes. The BJP strongly deplores such a character and crime. Thus, taking disciplinary action, it sacks Vijay Tripathi from the post of Jaitpur BJP president and membership,” the statement further read.

 

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