Friday, January 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] BSP MLA accused of raping minor Dalit girl arrested in Uttar Pradesh

BSP MLA accused of raping minor Dalit girl arrested in Uttar Pradesh
Published: Thursday, Jan 13, 2011, 21:11 IST
Place: Lucknow | Agency: PTI

A month after he allegedly raped a teenaged Dalit girl, absconding
ruling BSP MLA Purushottam Naresh Dwivedi was today arrested in Banda
district but the opposition dubbed it as "stage managed".

48-year-old Dwivedi, who represents the Naraini seat in the Uttar
Pradesh assembly, was on the run after orders for his arrest were
issued yesterday in connection with the alleged criminal assault on
the 17-year-old girl belonging to the backward community.

The legislator was arrested in Banda, about 220 kms from here, police
sources said.

"Ironically the MLA had been camping Lucknow for the past two days
meeting his BSP bosses when the state officials were making an
announcment that he would be arrested soon and went into hiding soon
after that," Vivek Singh, Congress MLA, claimed in Banda.

Sources claimed the MLA was arrested from Augasi bridge and later
brought to the Kotwali Dehat and would be produced in the court

Congress spokesperson Subodh Srivastava alleged that Dwivedi was being
shielded by Mayawati government and it was only because of pressure
from visits by the delegations from Delhi including the National
Commission for Women that the state government was forced to arrest
the legislator.

The girl was allegedly raped on December 10-11 at the legislators's
residence. She escaped from the MLA's house on December 12 when the
MLA allegedly attempted rape for the third time and was arrested same
day on theft charges.

She told her brother about the incident when she was produced before
the court on December 24 in connection with theft charges.

Girl levelled the rape charge before the court on January 10 and it
ordered immediate action.

CB-CID submitted a preliminary report and subsequently the state
government yesterday ordered arrest of the MLA and an FIR was lodged
against him.

His two aides --Rajendra Shukla and Surendra Neta--were arrested in
Banda district yesterday following an FIR against them and were
remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by a Banda court. The third
accused Ravan Garg is still absconding.

In Lucknow, cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh, when faced with
a volley of questions from reporters on the whereabouts of the BSP
MLA, hinted that the legislator had been traced.

"There will be no need for you to ask this question. Give us a little
more time," he said.

He said that no one is being a clean chit including the policemen and
promised stern action will be taken against all those found guilty of
either the crime or of shielding the culprits.

UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna alleged the incident showed how the Mayawati
government has been protecting criminals.

In Delhi, Women and Child Development minister Krishna Tirath said she
would write to the Union Home Ministry for taking appropriate action.

BJP's Smriti Irani said, "It is appalling the way the Mayawati
administration tries to hide his crime." She demanded immediate
justice for the girl.

In Delhi, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said the Mayawati government
should ensure that the MLA gets convicted and the theft case against
the girl is immediately withdrawn and she is freed.

Terming it as a face-saving exercise by the Mayawati government, state
BJP spokesman Vijay Pathak claimed that the the MLA had himself walked
into the police station.

Samajwadi Party spokespersonRajendra Chaudhary said the "whole drama"
was enacted due to mounting pressure.

Terming the arrest of MLA as well as his accomplice in crime as
inadequate, the leaders also demanded the immediate release of the
victim who is still in jail

Yesterday, a case of rape was registered against the MLA, suspended by
the party in the wake of the allegations, and his three aides in the
case after the state CBI-CID submitted its preliminary report in the

"On the directive of the Chief Minister, a case of rape has been
registered against the MLA and his three aides," the Cabinet Secretary
had said.

He, however, said the theft charge on which the girl was arrested was
found to be true.

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