Bihar rape case: Police arrest woman who ‘supplied’ girl to the accused RJD legislator Rajballabh Yadav
PATNA: In a major breakthrough, the police today arrested Sulekha Devi, a middle-aged woman who is alleged to have supplied a minor girl to the fugitive Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator Rajballabh Yadav to “satiate his lecherous desires”. The suspended RJD legislator is accused of blackmailing and raping the girl who hails from the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s home district of Nalanda.
Acting on a tip-off, the Nalanda district police raided a house in Khaddi village under Hilsa block early Thursday morning and arrested the absconding accused along with three other persons, including her mother Radha Devi and two sisters. All the arrested women are accused of running a sex racket and supplying girls to the high-profile personalities. They would lure the gullible girls on various pretexts and then supply them to their clients in exchange for heavy amount. Reports said the family has been in the sex racket for a long time.
However, the police are yet to nab the rape accused RJD MLA Yadav who continues giving slips to the police for the past over a fortnight since the case was registered against him. Reports said the police have almost reached near the fugitive legislator and that he could be arrested “very soon”.
The chief minister himself has expressed deep anguish over the incident and ordered the police to bring the case to a logical end. “Where can he (lawmaker) run and hide? He will be caught and brought to book, and face speedy trial,” remarked chief minister.
Significantly, the RJD is a coalition partner in the ruling Grand Alliance government in Bihar headed by chief minister Kumar. Although acting swiftly the RJD has expelled the accused lawmaker for his misconduct saying there was no place for such people in the organization yet the incident has brought much embarrassment to the RJD in particular and the Nitish Kumar government in general.
Reports said initially the police refused to entertain the case of the victim after finding a ruling party politician involved in the incident. They went after the lawmaker only after the senior police officials took cognizance of the case and ordered arrest of the accused after gathering some concrete evidence of his involvement in the rape.
According to the victim, arrested woman Sulekha Devi lured her on the pretext of attending a birthday party in the locality on February 6 and handed her to the lawmaker. “He raped me the whole night by making me see porn movie. He also made an MMS of the whole act and threatened to make it public if I dared to reveal it to anybody,” the victim who studies in class ten reportedly told the police.
According to her, she smelt rat when the woman reached the house with her and tried to escape but was caught by the guards in security of the accused and locked in a room.
Soon after the incident, she reported the matter to her parents who registered a case with the police. It was during the case of investigation that the police showed her some photographs of the suspects and she identified the accused. Reports said the victim yelled with bewilderment after seeing the photograph of the accused. The police are conducting raids to arrest the lawmaker.