Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Hardeep Singh, who has been booked for attempting to rape, is still out of police reach even after four days of registration of the case against him.
Hardeep is incharge of party activities of Lehragaga and neighbouring villages. The accused runs a shop named Hardeep Telecom in Lehal Kalan village, where he also does photography work. He allegedly attempted to rape a 15-year-old Dalit minor girl when she went to him to get photographed.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Arshdeep Singh Aulakh said police officials have already raided the house of the accused. He said DSP said seven police teams have been raiding the places where possibility of finding Hardeep is high. “The pace with which we are searching the accused, he will be arrested within three days,’’ said DSP.
AAP’s district leader Arun Jindal said, whoever did this was really condemnable. He said, no matter to which party the accused belongs, he should not be spared.
However, other political parties are slamming the AAP for their local leader’s ‘act’.
Senior Akali leader Bheem Sain Garg said this was the real face of AAP. Congress leader and constituency in charge Tejinder Singh said every leader of AAP has been indulging in some or the other ‘shameful activity’. ‘‘There is no hope that these people can provide good governance to people,’’ he said.
On Thursday, the Dalit girl along with her younger sister went to Hardeep’s shop to get photographed. The victim in her statement said while her sister was waiting outside the darkroom of studio, Hardeep locked the room from inside and allegedly tried to rape her. When the victim screamed, her sister unsuccessfully tried to open the door. Later, the victim’s sister shouted after which nearby people gathered and tried to break open the door. Hardeep, then, himself opened the door from inside and pushed people and managed to escape from the spot.
The accused has also been charged under sections 354B (using criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) act.