Kutch sex racket: Congress wants governor to intervene

first_imgAhmedabad: Seeking a judicial probe and court-monitored investigation into the gang rape and sex racket allegedly involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Kutch, a delegation of Congress leaders submitted a memorandum to the Governor O.P. Kohli, demanding his intervention in the matter. The Opposition party leaders urged the governor to “intervene in the interests of justice to the victim.” The party has alleged that the State government and machinery was trying to shield the “real culprits in the case”. A delegation consisting of State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and Leader of the Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela handed over the memorandum at the Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar. Mr. Solanki told the media after meeting the governor that the Opposition party would raise the issue in the Assembly session starting from February 20. “If our demand for a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge is not granted, we will not allow the Assembly proceedings,” Mr. Solanki said. He added that the Governor must intervene in the matter and direct the State administration to order a judicial probe. Law and order issueMoreover, the Opposition party is set to embark upon a three-day yatra from Naliya in Kutch to Gandhinagar to highlight the deteriorating law and order situation in the State. A 23-year-old woman filed a First Information Report (FIR) with Kutch police, accusing nine persons of gang rape. She also alleged that as many as 35 young women and college-going girls were lured into the flesh trade by a group of businessmen and politicians. Lured by promise of jobAccording to the FIR, in August 2015, the woman came to her mother’s house at the Kothara village in Kutch from Mumbai, where she was staying with her husband. She was looking for a job and her mother sought help from one Bababhai, who owned a mobile shop in Naliya town. He reportedly assured the family that he would help the woman find a job within a couple of days. He also introduced her to a gas agency owner Shantilal Solanki, who offered her a job at ₹5,500 per month. Among those named in the FIR were four local BJP politicians, who have been arrested by the police.last_img

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