Congress Seeks Apology From BJP Over Crimes Against Women In NE

| Updated: 30 July, 2022 7:18 pm IST
Ajoy Kumar addresses a press conference at AICC Headquarters

NEW DELHI: Congress on Saturday demanded that top BJP leaders apologise to the nation over alleged involvement of party functionaries in crimes against women in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said, “You (BJP) asked for an apology from Sonia Gandhi but I ask you to apologise to the nation. BJP chief JP Nadda, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman should apologise, Home Minister Amit Shah should apologise.”

He alleged that BJP lawmakers and leaders are involved in trafficking of girls, invoking several instances of crime against women allegedly involving BJP workers.

“On July 22 in the outskirts of Tura in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district, 73 people including 23 women were arrested and five children including a minor girl were rescued after a raid by the police in the farmhouse of the state’s BJP vice president Bernard Marak,” he said.

Meghalaya Police recovered 35 gelatine sticks and 100 detonators, four crossbows and 15 arrows during the raid at Marak’s farmhouse, Kumar further said.

Marak, who is accused of running a sex racket, was arrested from Hapur in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh on July 26.

Marak has more than 25 criminal cases registered against him since the early 2000s across the north-eastern state, the alleged.

“This is expected from a party that has immorality in its veins,” the Congress leader rued.

Marak, a former militant, has been founded involved in many cases of extortion, criminal intimidation, arms smuggling, prostitution, illegal sale of liquor & lottery tickets, and encroachment on others’ property, he said, citing the charges pressed against him by the Meghalaya.

“But the BJP has termed the move as part of a political vendetta by the National Peoples’ Party-led government in the state of which the saffron party is a minor partner,” he told media persons.

Kumar, a former IPS officer, also cited the 2019 rape case involving BJP MLA Goruk Pordung in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

“The married lady (a medical officer) was called to a hotel by Goruk Pordung under the pretext of discussing issues related to the Primary Health Centre, where she was allegedly raped by the accused,” he alleged.

Slamming the BJP, the Congress leader said that the government is on a witch hunt using Central agencies against “all those who dare to raise their voice against its malpractices”, calling it “appalling”.

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