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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.