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Ugandan woman says AAP’s Bharti led mob in midnight frenzy

New Delhi, Jan 22 (PTI): One of the African women assaulted in a midnight raid in south Delhi on January 15 has accused Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti of having led the group that barged into her house and attacked them.

The Ugandan national had recorded her statement before a magistrate on Tuesday, saying that she would be able to identify the persons who had barged into her house on the intervening night of January 15-16.

The woman recorded her statement in camera under Sec 164 CrPC, which is admissible in court. The statement has been now given to police in a sealed cover and will be opened only during the trial.

“We were attacked on Wednesday night by Indians who were led by Somnath Bharti...We were harassed, we were beaten, they were having long sticks. They said we should leave their country or else they would kill us one by one,” she said.

The woman said she identified Bharti because “he came in the night and the next day I saw him on television. The Delhi Police came in time and saved us from the mob.”

The police have listed the Ugandan national as a prosecution witness in the case. She will again testify in court during the trial over the alleged incident.

The court had ordered registration of an FIR upon a petition filed by the woman in question seeking a criminal case against the alleged offenders.

A city court had ordered registration of an FIR against unknown persons in connection with the midnight raid against African women at Khirki Extension here.

Bharti had accused the foreign nationals of being involved in a drug and prostitution racket.

Meanwhile, Air Deccan founder and AAP member Capt G R Gopinath has reportedly said that while AAP demanded action against police officers pending an inquiry on ground that they may interfere in the probe, the same yardstick should apply to Bharti.

He had also said that Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet should govern from their offices and only his party workers must protest.

Gopinath said Kejriwal sitting on dharna demanding action against four junior police personnel is, according to many opinion leaders, the last straw that may break the camel's back when it comes to AAP mis-steps.