Former Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Ajit Jogi's political secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, who was allegedly abducted and assaulted on the eve of first phase of Lok Sabha elections, on Monday alleged that the miscreants involved in the crime had police patronage.
"The police was informed immediately after my abduction but no action was taken," Trivedi told reporters in Raipur.
Blaming BJP candidate Dilip Singh Judev for the assault, Shailesh said that the abductors were shouting slogans of 'Jay Judev (Long live Judev)' and threatening him not to campaign for Congress nominee Renu Jogi, wife of Ajit Jogi.
Trivedi, along with two of his associates -- Girish Verma and Prahalad Patel -- were abducted from the Bilaspur Lok Sabha constituency on the night of April 15, by some unidentified persons, who later dumped the trio in the jungles of the neighbouring Korba district after assaulting them.
Shailesh was found at Bhaisma village and admitted to hospital by his relatives the next day, police said.
Renu Jogi has contested against the BJP strongman in Bilaspur Lok Sabha seat which went to polls on April 16 along with other ten constituencies in the state.