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BJP leader booked for allegedly molesting, beating Dalit voter

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 9:24pm IST | Place: Beed (Maharashtra) | Agency: PTI

A 45-year-old Dalit woman was molested at her residence allegedly by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) city president and four other unidentified men when she refused to take money from them for voting for the party, the city police said here today.

According to a complaint filed by the Dalit woman Savita Maroti Ballal, a case has been registered against BJP city president Jugal Kishore Lohiya and four other unidentified men under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Parli city police said.

The incident occurred at Gautam Nagar in Parli city on Wednesday and an FIR was filed on the same day, the police said.

According to a police report, BJP city president Jugal Kishore Lohiya and other four unidentified men went to the Dalit woman's house on Wednesday.

As per the FIR, at night at around 10.30 pm they went to the Dalit woman's residence and allegedly asked her about how many voters were there in her family, after which they allegedly "offered" her Rs 5000.

However, when she refused to accept their money, Lohiya allegedly told her that they had distributed money to lower caste people, after which he allegedly abused her caste, molested her as well as threatened her.

Her son was also beaten up and threatened after he tried to resist them, the FIR said.

After the news of the incident spread, local organisations called for a Parli bandh tomorrow, sources said.




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