Babulal Marandi-led Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), gearing up for a two-day economic blockade in the state on June 11-12, landed in a soup after the party’s Gumla district Kisan Morcha president Sudesh Prasad Shahu was accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl.
A complaint against 55-year-old Shahu was lodged at the Vishunpur police station by the mother of an eight-year-old girl on Monday. Shahu has been absconding and the police have launched a manhunt for him.
According to the complaint, Shahu allegedly exploited the girl over a month ago while she was returning from her school in Vishunpur.
The girl since then started avoiding school. On Sunday night, as per the police report, she broke down and narrated the entire incident to her parents.
Parents of the girl rushed to Shahu’s house and thrashed him.
Shahu escaped the house on Sunday night and has been missing since then.
Chandan Kumar Jha, SP of Gumla, said, “The incident is over a month old and an FIR has been lodged. The culprit will be nabbed soon. Medical test reports of the girl are also awaited.”
Saroj Singh, the JVM-P spokesperson, said, “Whatever be the case, if the person is wrong, he should be punished exemplarily. We will send a fact finding team and action would be taken accordingly.”
The party has been holding meetings with party workers, especially at exit points from the state, to make the blockade successful.
The regional party plans to block transportation of all kinds of minerals from Jharkhand on June 11 and 12 to mark its protest against the recently announced local resident policy in the state. JVM-P has been demanding more reservations for locals in government jobs in the state.
“Party chief Baulal Marandi, through a letter to all political parties -- including the BJP, merchants and business organizations as well as the railways -- has solicited support for the blockade. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and some student organisations have already announced support for the blockade and others are also pitching in with their support,” the JVM-P spokesperson said.