Senior SP leader Irshaad Qureshi, who enjoys a minister-rank status in the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, has been charged with attempt to rape and abusing a Dalit woman in an FIR lodged on Thursday. Besides Qureshi, two others, including Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sadar, Jeetendra Kumar, have been named in the FIR. The case has been registered almost two-and-a-half-years after the incident.
The trio has been booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the SC/ST Act. According to the FIR, Qureshi, SDM Sadar Jeetendra Kumar Srivastava and one Ibrahim allegedly attempted to rape the complainant on March 19, 2014, while she was sleeping with her daughter at her house in Khanpur town of Auraiya.
The FIR said the trio fled when neighbours gathered at the spot after hearing the victim’s cries.
While Qureshi was panchayat head at the time of the incident, the SDM was posted at the same place.
The complaint further claimed that the victim’s husband, who was in jail at that time as he was allegedly framed under false charges by the minister and SDM, asked her to file an FIR.
Her husband was later released and since then, the couple has been meeting senior officials for justice, said the victim.
Circle officer, Auraiya city, Chaudhary Ramesh Singh, who is the Investigating Officer in the case, said the FIR was lodged on August 25 on the orders of Kanpur Divisional Commissioner.
“As per the SDM, the woman’s husband was arrested during the 2014 elections for indulging in unwanted activities. We are investigating the matter. No arrests have been made so far,” he said.