Police Thursday raided three residences of Assam legislator Gopinath Das, who has been booked on charges of rape of a minor, but failed to trace him. Das has remained absconding since Sunday.
Das, a senior leader of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) headed by Mumbai-based perfume merchant Badruddin Ajmal, represents the Boko constituency in the Assembly. He had allegedly raped a minor girl whom he had engaged as a domestic worker in his house, according to the police.
“We have also seized the car, a Maruti Alto, that was allegedly used in committing the crime and have recorded the statement of his wife as well as that of his driver,” said Kamrup SP Indrani Barua. “He has been absconding. We will arrest him the moment we are able to locate him.”
Meanwhile, the victim was shifted to a children’s home for girls in the district. The Child Welfare Committee on its part recorded her statement on Thursday.
In Boko, Das’ hometown, protesters blocked National Highway 715 for over an hour demanding his immediate arrest. They also raised slogans against the police.