The alleged gang rape of a student of the local Government Post-Graduate College took political colour on Wednesday with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleging involvement of "relatives of some politicians" in the crime, even as the incident is yet to be established.
Former BJP minister Kishan Kapoor, while addressing the media, accused the state government, police and college authorities of hushing up the sensitive issue. "It is very unfortunate if something like this has happened in Dharamsala," the BJP leader said, adding that the incident was in total contrast to the statement of state director general of police (DGP) that crime against women in Himachal had come down.
Stating that he didn't have faith in the state police, Kapoor demanded a CBI probe into the incident. Raising doubts over the role of the college principal, Kapoor questioned if a woman had come to his office reporting the incident, why didn't he take quick action giving the seriousness to the the matter?
It has been learnt, Kapoor said, that the "victim" had earlier approached a college teacher, who was also the chairperson of the college's sexual harassment committee, alleging that a youth had sexually harassed her. "Being the chairperson of such an important body, she should have taken the complaint on a serious note. But instead, she ignored it," Kapoor alleged.
Commenting on the police investigation in the case, he said it really wasn't that difficult to identify the victim, as her antecedents could have been identified from the admission record.
Expressing surprise on reactions of local MLA and minister Sudhir Sharma, Kapoor said instead of ordering a speedy probe, Sharma was talking about action against those sharing the incident on the social media.
Likening the law and order situation in Himachal with that of a dictator's rule and "goondaraj", Kapoor said the BJP would start a massive campaign against the government if proper action was not taken in the case. "The government has until May 24 to come out with facts in the case. Thereafter, the BJP would start a mass agitation across the state," he cautioned.
Senior Congress leader and state transport minister GS Bali said the incident, if true, was sad, and government should order an impartial probe either by the CID or any other independent agency. "Such news appearing in the media are tarnishing the image of the state. Whosoever is involved in the crime should be taken to task," Bali said.