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U'khand BJP MLA Suresh Rathore Accused of Rape by Former Party Colleague

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A case of rape was lodged against the MLA at the Bahadarabad police station of Haridwar on Thursday night after a lower court's order.

BJP’s Jwalapur MLA Suresh Rathore has been accused of rape by a former party colleague, according to police here. A case of rape was lodged against the MLA at the Bahadarabad police station of Haridwar on Thursday night after a lower court’s order.

Rathore is the second BJP MLA from Uttarakhand after Mahesh Negi against whom such serious charges have been levelled. Rathore has been accused of rape and criminal intimidation by the complainant, police said.

The woman in her complaint said she met Rathore two-and-a-half years ago and he had asked her to join the BJP’s Mahila Morcha, police said. The woman, who said she had earlier been the Mandal Mantri of Jwalapur, also accused the MLA of having her arrested in the past using his political clout.

When contacted, state BJP’s media incharge Manveer Singh Chauhan said the complainant had already been expelled around two months ago from the party by its Haridwar district unit after she was caught conspiring against the MLA. Last year, MLA Negi was accused of rape by a woman. She had also alleged that he was the father of her daughter. The matter is under investigation at present. Uttarakhand Congress vice-president Suryakant Dhasmana said it is not for the first time that a BJP leader in the state has been accused of such an offence.

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“Before Rathore, Mahesh Negi and state BJP’s organisational general secretary Sanjay Kumar have also been slapped with rape charges. The BJP took no action against them,"Dhasmana said. “I think the BJP should now replace its slogan of ‘beti bachao, beti padhao’ with ‘BJP ke netaon aur vidhyakon se beti bachao’," he said.

Terming it as a heinous crime, Dhasmana asked the state government to immediately arrest the MLA and the BJP to expel him. The Congress Party will launch an agitation if it was not done, he said.

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first published:July 02, 2021, 20:15 IST