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‘Age gap, income my concerns’: BJP MLA after daughter accuses him of witch hunt

Sakshi Misra (23) uploaded videos on social media on Wednesday announcing her wedding to Ajitesh Kumar (29) and alleging that her life was in danger from her father and asked the police for security.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2019 13:14 IST
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Chandan Kumar
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Sakshi Misra (23) uploaded videos on social media on Wednesday announcing her wedding to Ajitesh Kumar (29) and alleging that her life was in danger from her father and asked the police for security.
Sakshi Misra (23) uploaded videos on social media on Wednesday announcing her wedding to Ajitesh Kumar (29) and alleging that her life was in danger from her father and asked the police for security.(Video screengrab)
         

Uttar Pradesh BJP legislator Rajesh Misra, whose daughter released a video accusing him of witch hunt after she married a Dalit man, said on Thurday that he was not opposed to the marriage but had other concerns.

“I am not opposed to the marriage of my daughter. My only concern is that the boy is more than nine years older than her. As a father I am also concerned about their future because the boy doesn’t earns much,” said the MLA the MLA from Bithari Chainpur in Bareilly district over phone.

“I can never even imagine to harm my daughter. I want them (the couple)to return home. I have also informed the party high command about the matter,” said Misra.

Watch | BJP MLA’s daughter demands protection after marrying a Dalit man

 

After the videos went viral, the BJP MLA also issued a statement saying that Sakshi was an adult and had a right to take decisions. ”Neither I nor any member of my family or any acquaintance has intimidated Sakshi... I am busy with my constituency work,” he added.

Sakshi Misra (23) uploaded videos on social media on Wednesday announcing her wedding to Ajitesh Kumar (29) and alleging that her life was in danger from her father and asked the police for security.

In an appeal to her father she asks him to back off and let the couple live peacefully while warning him to ‘stay off Ajitesh and his family’ or face the consequences. “I have married of my free will and my father has sent out his goons for us… I am tired of running, I seek police protection,” she says in a video where Kumar can be seen sitting next to him. “If they catch us, they will definitely kill us,” she adds. Kumar also speaks of the alleged goons following them, “We managed a narrow escape this morning after a group people landed at the hotel we were staying in.”

He alleged that Sakshi’s family was out to kill them for ‘honour’ as he was from a Dalit family. “If In another video, she has apprehended threat to her life from her father, brother and an associate, and urged the Bareilly senior superintendent of police to extend security to them.

Sakshi Misra has also appealed to the MPs and MLAs of Bareilly to not help Rajesh Misra as she alleged that her father and others were out to eliminate her.

“Through this video, I want to say that if in future anything happens to me, Abhi or his family, my father, Vicky Bhartol and Rajiv Rana will be responsible for it... Those who are helping my father, stop helping him because our lives are in danger.”

Deputy Inspector General R K Pandey said he had come to know of the video messages and had asked the SSP to extend security to the couple. The DIG said the police do not know where to give her security as she had not disclosed her location, reports PTI.

First Published: Jul 11, 2019 12:16 IST