Urban development minister and Dharamsala MLA Sudhir Sharma has taken strong exception to certain messages being circulated on social media sites claiming that his relatives were involved in the alleged Dharamsala gang rape.
He has lodged a complaint at the Dharamsala police station against those who originated the message on social media site Facebook and mobile messaging app WhatsApp.
Talking to Hindustan Times, the minister said, "I want to clarify that neither is any of my relatives a student at the Dharamsala government college nor do I have a nephew, as is being claimed in the messages. I have only a niece who is studies in kindergarten."
He clarified that people of Dharamsala and the state were akin to his family members, and their security was his moral responsibility: "Even if my son is found involved in such a crime, I would not spare him," Sharma said.
Stating that it was a sensitive issue, Sharma said such a sensitive matter should not be politicised.
"Police are putting in every possible effort to bring out the truth," he said, adding that if the incident was true, the culprits would be taken to task. "On the other hand, if it turns out to be a rumour, tough action would be taken against the rumour-mongers, as they had tarnished the image of the town," the MLA said.
The minister said he held a meeting with the police on Wednesday, and directed them to scrutinise the college records to identify and trace the victim: "A sketch of the woman who allegedly met the college principal is also being prepared to identify her."