Tension in Meerut over alleged gang rape, religious conversion of woman
MEERUT: Tension gripped Kharkhauda and Atrada areas of
Meerut as members of a particular community attacked and pelted with stone at
the houses of members of another community last night, over the alleged gang
rape and religious conversion of a 20-year-old woman.
Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC)
personnel have been deployed in the area to bring the situation under control.
According to Superintendent of Police (rural) Captain
MS Begh, the 20-year-old woman’s father had lodged a complaint last night in
Kharkhauda police station against Village Pradhan Nawab Khan, cleric
Sallaullah, his wife and daughter Nishant for abduction and rape.
The complainant alleged that Nawab along with five
others abducted his daughter on July 23 and took her to a Madrassa where they
raped and illegally confined her. They also forcefully made her sign some
papers related to religious conversion.
Begh said, the woman managed to escape and returned to
her house on July 30 and narrated her ordeal to her parents. He said the
woman’s medical examination has confirmed rape and cuts were found on her
abdomen. He rejected media reports that the woman’s kidney had been removed.
The woman’s statement was recorded on Monday and
Kharkhauda police station in-charge has been sent to line for negligence of
duty in the case, Begh said.
Meerut District magistrate Pankaj Yadav on Monday said
that Sallaullah, his wife and daughter have been arrested. Since the incident
occurred in Hapud, he said the final decision post magisterial inquiry into the
matter would be taken by Hapud district magistrate.
A magisterial enquiry into the incident will be
conducted by Deputy District Collector SP Singh, who will submit a report
within a week, District Magistrate (Hapud) Rajesh Kumar Singh said.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Rajesh Kumar Agarwal has said that
if strict police action is not taken in the matter the party will take to the
streets. Several BJP workers on Monday protested outside the Commissioner’s
office, led by party trader cell state chief Vineet Agarwal Sharda.
Sharda alleged that the police and state government were
working under pressure of ruling SP leaders and said if culprits were not
brought to book, all the traders in the state would go on strike. Begh assured
that the situation is normal now.