Rajasthan CM denies meeting rape victim
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday denied meeting a woman from Rajasthan`s Dausa district, who was allegedly abducted and raped by an IPS officer.
The woman then sat on a dharna along with her family members and an Independent MP Kirori Lal Meena, after failing to meet Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at his residence.
Around 50 persons led by MP Meena are on the dharna at civil line railway crossing demanding justice for the victim.
"Gehlot had given us appointment for the morning, but the police officer on duty at CM residence denied us entry," the victim`s husband Khyali Ram Meena said.
The woman was allegedly abducted and taken to Noida in UP in January 1997 where she was allegedly raped by former DIG Madhukar Tandon, currently absconding, then posted in PHQ.
Khyali, who was a police constable, registered a case against the IPS officer with Noida police station in Ghaziabad and subsequently with Bandikui police station in Dausa.
"After that, I was continuously harassed by senior police officers and pressurised to withdraw the case. That time I was posted in police line Jaipur. They harassed me to such a limit that I was forced to left the job in 2002," Khyali said.
"Since then I have been seeking justice and have written to Home Minister, Chief Minister and Prime Minister," he said.
Police said they had submitted the charge sheet in the case against Tandon, but by then he had absconded and was later declared fugitive.
MP Meena said that the Dharna would continue till Gehlot meets the woman.
An arrest warrant had been issued against Tandon, who was on leave when the case was filed. However, he went into hiding and is untraceable since them.
Tandon is believed to be well-connected with top politicians and had links with former prime minister Narasimha Rao.
Tandon was suspended in 2002 - five years after the crime. A Dausa magisterial court had ordered for his all property, including his house in Noida, to be confiscated, but the Noida administration has not executed the order.
The conviction of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore in Ruchika Girhotra molestation and suicide case has raised hopes for the woman, who too now wants justice and conviction of former DIG.
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