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Chinmayanand case: Police say missing woman spotted in Delhi hotel

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Press Trust of India Shahjahanpur(UP)
UttarPradeshpoliceonWednesdayclaimedthatthestudentwhowentmissingafterallegingharassmentbyBJPleaderSwamiChinmayanandhasbeenspottedataDelhihotel.
Butshehadalreadyleftthehotelwhenapoliceteamreachedthere,theysaid.
Thepost-graduatestudenthasbeenmissingatleastsinceSaturday,whenavideoclipsurfacedinwhichsheaccusedaseniorleaderofthesantcommunityofharassingandthreateningtokillher.Shedidnotdirectlynamehim.
HerfatherallegedinapolicecomplaintonTuesdaythatsheandothergirlsatacollegerunbyChinmayanand'sashramweresexuallyharassedbytheBJPleader.
AformerUnionminister,Chinmayanandfacedsimilaraccusationsin2011andwasbookedforrapingawomanwhostayedathisashram.
Withthestudentstillmissing,theNationalCommissionforWomenandUttarPradesh'swomencommissionhaveexpressedconcern.
OnTwitter,CongressleaderPriyankaGandhiVadrasaidtheepisodeappearedtobearepetitionoftheUnnaocase,inwhichBJPMLAKuldeepSinghSengar,nowexpelledfromtheparty,wasaccusedofrapingaminor.
ChinmayanandwasbookedonTuesdayundertheIndianPenalCodesectionsrelatedtoabductionformurderandintimidation.Hislawyer,however,hasallegedthatthereisanattempttoblackmailhimforRs5crore.
"ThegirlwhohadlevelledchargesofabductionagainstChinmayanandwaslastseeninahotelinDwarkainsouth-westDelhionAugust23,"AdditionalDirectorGeneralofPolice(Bareillyzone)AvinashChandratoldPTIonWednesday.
Whenthepoliceteamreachedthehotel,itfoundthatthewomanhadalreadylefttheplace,hesaid.
TheADGsaidamanisseenwithherintheCCTVfootagewiththepolice.
Apparentlyreferringtothesamefootageshowntohim,thestudent'sfathertoldatvchannelthatitappearedsuspicious.
HetoldPTIthatafterreportsthattheirdaughterhadgonemissing,hermothervisitedherhostelbutfoundherroomlocked.
MywifethenspoketoChinmayanandoverthephoneandhetoldherthatheisinHaridwarandwouldlookforthegirlonhisreturn.Afterthis,hisphonewasswitchedoff,"thefathersaid.
"OnAugust24,acallcamefromanunknownnumberinDelhi,andmydaughtersaidsheisfine.Later,hermothercalledheruponthesamenumber,butshewastoldbythehotelstaffthatagirlhadcomeinawhitecar.Sheusedthatnumberashermobilebalancehadexhausted,"hesaid.
InNovember2011,Chinmayanandwasbookedforallegedlyrapingawomanwhohadspentseveralyearsathisashram.
IntheFIRlodgedbythatwomen'sfather,Chinmayanand,whohasbeenanMPthreetimes,wasaccusedofconfiningheratanashraminHaridwar.
TheBJPleadermovedthehighcourt,whichstayedhisarrest.Thecasehasbeenpendingsincethen.Lastyear,theYogiAdityanathgovernmentinUttarPradeshsoughttowithdrawthecase.
InthevideowhichsurfacedonsocialmediaonAugust24,themissingwomanalleged,Aseniorleaderofthesantcommunity,whohasalreadydestroyedthelivesofmanygirls,isnowthreateningtokillme."

"Myrequestto(PrimeMinisterNarendra)Modijiand(UPChiefMinister)Yogijiispleasehelpme.Hehasthreatenedtokillmyfamilyaswell,sheisheardsayingintheclip,whichalsoshowsherbreakingdown.
CongressleaderPriyankaGandhiVadraonWednesdayexpressedconcernoverthesafetyofwomeninthestate.
"InUttarPradesh,thismatterappearstoberepetitionoftheUnnaocase.IfawomancomplainsagainstaBJPleader,thensheisnotguaranteedjustice,evenherownsafetyisnotguaranteed,"PriyankaGandhisaidinatweetinHindiwiththehashtag'EnoughIsEnough'.
"Lastyear,theBJPgovernmenthadwithdrawnarapecaseagainsttheaccused(Chinmayanand).It'sclearwherethegovernmentstands.UP'sgirlsarewatching,"Gandhisaid.
ButChiefMinisterYogiAdityanath'smediaadvisoraskedtheCongressgeneralsecretarynottocreateconfusionandsaidthepolicehavetakenallnecessarystepsinthiscase.
TheNationalCommissionforWomensentanoticetotheUttarPradeshPolice,askingittoquicklyprobetheallegationslevelledbythestudentandsubmitareport.
ItalsourgedtheUttarPradeshDirectorGeneralofPolicetoensurethesafetyofthewomanandherfamily.
TheUttarPradeshCommissionforWomentoosoughtareportfromtheShahjahanpurdistrictadministrationonherdisappearance.

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First Published: Aug 28 2019 | 9:40 PM IST

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