A Dalit woman from Madhya Pradesh has accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Tamrakar of raping her. Following the complaint, Tamrakar, the media in-charge of the party in Ashok Nagar district, 269 kilometres from state capital Bhopal, was arrested from Singrauli district, where the crime was reportedly committed.
According to the reports, the woman claimed in her police complaint that Tamrakar raped her on November 30, 2019, and the case was lodged on December 31. The woman said she knew Tamrakar as her husband used to work as a labourer in his agriculture fields.
As reported further, the woman said that, “On the day of crime he reached my home. He told us that he was going to Varanasi and that we should accompany him as he would help us get a job at his friend’s mine in Singrauli district. We reached Singrauli in his car the next day. He offered liquor to my husband at a dhaba. He later told me that since my husband was drunk I should accompany him to his friend’s mine for the job. He took me to a secluded place and raped me despite my resistance. He also threatened me with dire consequences if I reported the incident to police or shared the same with anyone.”
On Monday, the accused was produced before a court from where he was remanded to police custody for further interrogation.