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Union minister booked for alleged rape in Assam, minister files blackmailing complaint

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Police have registered a case against of State for Railways for allegedly raping and threatening a 24-year old married woman in district, a senior police said today.

Gohain has also filed complaints of blackmailing against the woman and her family, his on special duty said when contacted. He claimed that the case against the has been withdrawn.

Asked about it, police station officer-in-charge Ananta Das said the woman had pleaded to withdraw the case in the court but the "case still stands.. we will do our own investigation".

of Police (headquarter) Sabita Das said the case was registered against Gohain on August 2 after receiving a complaint at station.

"We have registered the case. The investigation has already begun and we will proceed as per law," she told PTI.

Das, however, refused to share any detail about the case.

A senior of Station said that the case was registered last week bearing the number 2592/18.

"The FIR was registered under IPC sections 417 (cheating), 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation). We are investigating and have already noted the lady's statement," he said adding the woman has refused medical examination.

"The complaint says that the alleged incident took place seven to eight months ago. Both Gohain and the woman knew each other for a long time and the used to visit her home," the said.

Gohain had allegedly committed the crime at the woman's home when her husband and other family members were not present, he said.

Asked if Gohain's arrest is imminent, the said, "We are probing now. If required, arrest will happen only after the probe is complete."

The did not answer the phone himself when called on his mobile phone. Goswami said the the minister "will not speak to the media".

When asked about the alleged rape case, Goswami said that it has been withdrawn. "There is no case as of today and as of now."

When station was contacted, its officer-in-charge Ananta Das said the woman had pleaded to withdraw the case in the court two days of filing it.

"The case still stands and it cannot be withdrawn. We will do our own investigation," he said.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:50 IST