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AAP for action against assault

Former social welfare minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Parveen Amanullah has demanded strict action against those who assaul- ted the party leader, Shweta Pathak, recently.

Amanullah said at a press conference on Thursday that not only was the party leader beaten up badly, the criminals even tried to rape her before residents came to the party leader’s rescue.

Amanullah said: “The Aam Aadmi Party demands that the guilty policemen of Itari police station be properly punished and unsocial elements from Itari Bazaar Samiti area who tried to rape her and beat her up be given the strictest punishment.”

Itari is in Buxar district and the incident had taken place on June 28 this year.

Shweta Pathak (36) had come to the news meet straight from hospital and bore several injuries.

She said: “I was asked by some vendors in Itari Bazaar Samiti area to take steps against those who extort money from them regularly. I have been speaking against these elements for months now.

“On June 23, I had gone to Itari police station to file an FIR against some drunkards who misbehave with village women from a shop there, but instead of lodging the FIR, assistant sub-inspector S.N. Singh slapped me and hit my hand. When I contacted the district SP from there itself, he asked why I had gone to the police station at night.

“It was only after the Mahila police station in-charge, Anamika, arrived that the FIR could be lodged late in the night.”

Amanullah said later, on June 28, some criminals took Pathak to Itari Bazaar Samiti area and badly beat her up. They even tried to rape her but fled when residents arrived and hurled stones at them. But the criminals managed to snatch her chain and cellphone.

She said the incident took place even though the DGP had been sounded about the difficulties faced in filing the FIR earlier. The party had written a letter to the DGP just days before that.

Amanullah said: “The party demands that such incidents should be heard and FIRs lodged and officers who misbehave with complainants should be suspended. The policemen should not misbehave with women. The SP and DIG should inspect the police stations regularly. Outsiders should be kept away from the police station.”