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Bhopal hostel rape: Accused RSS activist, enjoys CM's blessings, says Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The opposition today claimed that a director of a hostel, who has been arrested for allegedly raping a deaf and mute tribal girl and molesting two others, is an "activist of the RSS" and "enjoys the blessings" of Minister

Ashwini Sharma, the for deaf and mute persons located in the Awadhpuri area of Bhopal, was arrested on Wednesday on the basis of a police complaint filed by an inmate, who accused him of repeatedly raping her during her stay in the hostel over the last three years.

Two more girls, who had previously stayed in the hostel, also filed a case of molestation against the accused on Thursday, following which the police slapped charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as well since one of them was a minor when the alleged incident took place in 2017.

"is an activist of the RSS and he enjoys Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's blessings," Congress's spokesperson said.

She also released a video, in which Sharma is seen standing close to Chouhan and touching the latter's feet.

Oza alleged that Sharma's account was deleted to hide his connection with BJP leaders.

She accused Chouhan of "hypocrisy", saying while the described himself as the "mama" (maternal uncle) of the girls of the state, he was blessing those accused of rape.

While the police had yesterday announced the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case, Oza said the did not have "faith" in it.

(IG) of Police (Bhopal) Jaydeep Prasad had told yesterday that the SIT would comprise Rahul Lodha, of Police (SP), City South, additional superintendents of police and Dinesh Kaushal, city SP Virendra Mishra and ML Bhati.

"The has hurriedly formed an SIT. We do not have faith in it. The accused has political patronage, so a CBI inquiry has become all the more important," Oza said.

State chief had yesterday shot off a letter to Chouhan, seeking a probe into the incident by the (CBI).

Oza also lashed out at the state government's announcement yesterday that the collectors and SPs of all the districts would inspect the hostels for women on a monthly basis to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.

She said a similar incident had happened in a hostel in Sehore, the chief minister's home district, "two-three years ago" and despite announcements of monthly inspections at the time, nothing of the sort happened.

Meanwhile, SP Lodha said the members of the SIT met today and they were probing the case from all angles.

IG Prasad said the police were close to filing a chargesheet in the case.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 21:40 IST