BJP leader among 4 allegedly kidnap, gang-rape Madhya Pradesh woman

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A BJP leader among four people have allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped a 20-year-old woman in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol district. File photo.

A BJP leader among four people has allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped a 20-year-old woman in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol district.  According to police, the four accused held the woman captive at a farmhouse for two days and repeatedly gang-raped her. One of the accused is a local BJP leader, the police said.

Meanwhile, the rape survivor’s family said that she was kidnapped on February 18 when she had gone to buy groceries. Initially, a relative said, they didn’t lodge a missing complaint, thinking she might have gone to her relative’s house. But she was found in an unconscious state near her house on February 20, hours after they filed a complaint.

Family members of the victim claimed that Jaitpur BJP chief Vijay Tripathi and his three accomplices – Rajesh Shukla, Munna Singh and Monu Maharaj – kidnapped and held her in captivity at a farmhouse and raped her.

“They kidnapped her in a car after gagging her. When we lodged a complaint, they dumped her outside the house. We got to know of the crime only when the girl, at the hospital, narrated what took place,” a relative said.

Shahdol Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mukesh Vaishya told reporters that a case of rape has been registered against the four accused. The police are searching for the accused, he added.

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