Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP chief Mayawati suspended Bijnor MLA Shanawaz Rana from the party a day after police arrested two of his close aides for allegedly trying to rape and abduct two women near Muzaffarnagar.
Announcing the decision on Friday, principal secretary (home) Kunwar Fatehbahadur said the chief minister had made it clear that harassment of women would not be tolerated, and the special task force had been asked to thoroughly investigate the case. "She has also directed that Rana should not be invited or allowed to enter any party function," he added.
The women were on their way to Delhi from Dehradun with two men on Tuesday night, when the headlights of their car started malfunctioning. When the driver stopped the car near a petrol pump near Muzaffarnagar to repair the headlight, a Pajero and a Fortune pulled up. Their occupants first offered help, then then they beat up the men and at gunpoint dragged the women to a secluded spot behind the petrol pump and tried to rape them. But the women somehow managed to escape and alert the police.
Fatehbahadur said Muzaffarnagar police have already arrested five persons, including two constables deployed for the security of the MLA and his wife Intikhab Rana.
The union home ministry has sought a report from the UP government on the law and order situation in the state following a spate of incidents of rape and also the death of deputy chief medical officer Dr YS Sachan under mysterious circumstances in Lucknow jail hospital. According to sources, citing media reports, the home ministry has asked the state to inform it about steps being taken to maintain law and order.