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Cong turns heat on govt

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, February 02, 2013
First Published: 14:18 IST(2/2/2013) | Last Updated: 14:22 IST(2/2/2013)

The Congress lost no time in slamming the ruling BJP over alleged rape of a South Korean girl in a resort at Bandhavgarh owned by son of a BJP MLA.

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Coming at a time when the entire country is agitated over the issue of women’s safety following Delhi gang rape incident, the Congress grabbed the Bandhavgarh incident with both its hands as the rape has allegedly taken place in the resort of BJP MLA Nagendra Singh Gurh’s son and committed by the resort manager.

On the contrary, the ruling party appeared to be in a state of dilemma as to how to react to the incident.

Describing the incident as ‘shameful’, leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh said a high-level inquiry should be ordered into the incident so that influential persons involved in the incident could be exposed.

Ajay Singh said Madhya Pradesh, which is carrying the dubious distinction of being on the top in the country in terms of rape and crimes against women, now seems to be expanding its ‘reputation’ beyond the boundaries of the country under the BJP regime.

State Congress media incharge Manak Agrawal said that the ‘shameful’ incident of rape in a resort owned by the BJP MLA reflected the ‘moral’ standards of the BJP party.

He further said the Korean girl has said in her statement that the person who mixed intoxicants in her beer had introduced himself as son of the resort owner. Agrawal said the resort manager was being made a scapegoat to shield the son of Nagendra Singh.

Agrawal and Youth Congress (Bhopal constituency) president Manoj Shukla alleged that the victim had sought to lodge complaint in Umaria itself but she was cold shouldered by the police due to Nagendra Singh’s influence. Meanwhile, a group of Congress leaders led by district Congress president (DCC) president PC Sharma burnt the effigy of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in protest against the incident. When contacted, the state BJP spokesperson Vijendra Singh Sisodia said he would react to the incident after gathering the details.

Later he said, “Police are looking into the incident deeply. The state government has already instructed the police to reach some conclusion in the incident.” Another state BJP spokesperson Deepak Vijayvargiya said the guilty would certainly not be spared by police. However, it was only after the investigation that it could be said for sure as to who was involved in the crime, he said.


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