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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Bhopal, March 26, 2014
Aam Admi Party (AAP)'s candidate for Guna seat Shailendra Singh Kushwaha and three other AAP office-bearers face gang rape charges from an ex-office-bearer of the party.

The complainant, a 30-year-old woman, who belongs to Gwalior and has been married in Raipur, Chhattisgarh reached Kampoo police station in Gwalior on Wednesday afternoon and lodged the complaint with the police.

She alleged that Kuswaha along with three other AAP office-bearers in Gwalior- district convener Himanshu Kulshrestha, district secretary Abhijit Wagh and district spokesperson Manuraj Saxena – gang-raped her at least three times between December 2012 and March 2013 and threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to police.

She said she had complained to AAP leaders in Delhi about the gang rape but when they didn't take action she approached the police for action against them. 

On receiving the information about the complaint about 30 AAP activists reached the police station and staged a dharna alleging that the charges were completely baseless and fabricated and politically motivated at the election time.

Assistant superintendent of police (ASP), Gwalior Virendra Jain told the media persons in the evening after about three hours of AAP activists dharna that the police had taken cognizance of the complaint.

But, he said, as per the Supreme Court ruling any such case of gang rape which was more than three months old was supposed to be first inquired into before taking a decision on lodging of a formal FIR.

When contacted Kushwaha said he had come to know about the complaint. The all he could say was the charges were baseless and aimed at tarnishing his image when he was contesting the Lok Sabha election.