AAP leader, son booked on molestation charges in Mansa

  • Mohammad Ghazali, Hindustan Times, Mansa
  • Updated: May 19, 2016 23:23 IST

The district police have booked a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who is also state president of the ex-servicemen wing of the party, Jeevan Singh and his 17-year-old son for molestation after around 60 people from Kotla Kalan village submitted a complaint to the police against them.

According to station house officer (SHO) Buta Singh, “the father-son duo have been booked under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. His son studies in the local government school where he used to misbehave with the female staff. We have registered an FIR and the probe is going on.”

The government school principal, where Jeevan’s son studies, confirmed the allegations. “He had repeatedly harassed the female staff of our school. Even his father Jeevan Singh failed to reprimand him despite several reminders. We had complained to the panchayat of our village which later approached the police,” said Jeet Singh.

Sarpanch of the village and SAD leader Sukhchain Singh, who got the complaint registered against Jeevan Singh, alleged that the AAP leader used to harass people owing to his allegiance to the party. “We had repeatedly received complaints against Jeevan’s son and after proper consultation with the aggrieved family we have got our complaint registered.”

Lawyer and AAP leader Gurlabh Singh backed the claims of the sarpanch and said that the party was informed about Jeevan’s behaviour in the past, but the party high command ignored it and he was elected as the president of ex-servicemen wing of the party. “The party has deliberately ignored our advice in the past.”

Jeevan Singh, however, denied the allegations and said that he is unaware of any such case and the police might have booked his namesake, who also resides in the same village.

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