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Punjab BJP chief leads protest against cops for booking youth in rape case

Adding political colour to a rape case registered in Pathankot against a youth identified as Varun,Bharatiya Janata Party,sharing power with SAD in the state,organised a massive protest against the police and gheraoed Pathankot police station on Thursday.

Adding political colour to a rape case registered in Pathankot against a youth identified as Varun,Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),sharing power with SAD (B) in the state,organised a massive protest against the police and gheraoed Pathankot police station on Thursday.

The protest forced Gurdaspur district police to depute an SP-level officer to investigate the matter on Friday and stay the arrest of the boy during the pendency of the probe.

The protest was led by none other than state BJP chief Ashwani Kumar Sharma,who termed the case ‘false and fabricated’ to implicate the youth. Sharma demanded the FIR to be quashed. Sharma hails from Pathankot and the accused is said to be the son of one of his close associates. Though this is not the first time that the BJP leaders protested against their ‘own government’,it is perhaps for the first time that the party head himself was found sitting on dharna on an issue.

Ashwani,when contacted,however said that they had nothing against the government but he was enraged by the haste shown by the police to register a ‘false case’. He said there were above 30 social organizations protesting against the implication of their supporter in front of the police station and he was passing through the spot and on being told about the ‘injustice’ he also reached the spot.

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“The police have shown haste to register the case. We want a full-fledged inquiry into the matter. The case is false to tarnish the image of the boy. We want that justice should prevail’’,Sharma said,adding he would take up the matter with the higher authorities also.

He added that the credentials of the girl and her mother should also be verified before filing a case as they were black-mailing the boy since long.

On the other hand,the boy who is absconding after the registration of the case,is said to be getting married in the next two months which had angered the girl and her mother.

SSP Gurdaspur Varinderpal Singh meanwhile said that the mother of the young girl approached the police with the complaint that Varun had been keeping sexual relations with her daughter (name withheld) with the promise to marry her. “The complainant say that the accused is now getting married to someone else. She alleged rape and we registered the case under section 376.”