Mayawati orders BSP legislator's arrest in minor's gang rape
Indo-Asian News Service
Lucknow, January 12, 2011
First Published: 18:59 IST(12/1/2011)
The Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday ordered the
"immediate arrest" of Bahujan Samaj Party legislator Purshottam Narain
Dwivedi for his alleged involvement in the gang rape of a minor girl
in the state's Banda district. The arrest of the MLA has been ordered
related stories preliminary report submitted by the state's Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) confirming gang rape of the minor girl
in Banda, state Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said at a
press conference in Lucknow.
He said the government has ordered the "immediate arrest" of Dwivedi
and his three henchmen.
Chief Minister and BSP president Mayawati had Jan 2 ordered the
suspension from the party of Dwivedi for his alleged involvement in
the gang rape.
The 17-year-old victim had accused Dwivedi and his henchmen of not
only subjecting her to gang rape but also using his influence to
falsely implicate her in a case of theft.
Dwivedi accused her of stealing the legislator's licensed revolver and
Rs.5,000 from his house, for which she was sent to jail in Banda, 180
km from Lucknow.
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