Retaliating against the delay in investigating the Alwar gang rape case, BJP workers, on Thursday have been protesting at the Collector's office in Jaipur, Rajasthan demanding the resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Senior BJP leaders including Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore have reached the collector's office to file their complaint against the concerned authorities, to find that the collector was not present in the office. Interacting with the media, Rathore said that the Collector is either scared or was instructed to remain absent.
"When we (BJP) came to file a written complaint demanding CM's resignation, the Collector was not present here to accept it when we had already gotten permission prior to this to file a complaint. Either he was scared from the public outrage or he had been instructed to remain absent. The Collector present here was demanding a Congress ticket and it seemed like two candidates would be contesting for the Jaipur Rural constituency, one working inside the government while other was contesting the polls against me. This is how Congress functions by hijacking government institutions," he said.
Slamming the Rajasthan Government for never being present to protect the public, Rathore has demanded a CBI probe for the delay in the investigation in the Alwar gangrape case.
"Just like the authorities are not present here, Rajasthan government also is not present in the places where they are required. The way in which this crime was covered up that itself is a crime. There should be an effort done to understand why the crime was being kept under wraps for so long. A CBI investigation should be done to know who instructed police officials to keep this crime covered up at least until the polls were completed in the state (May 6), misguiding the public. The law and order situation in Rajasthan has been deteriorating day by day. The culprit for this is Rajasthan government which is split into two camps each pulling the state in two different directions. What will happen to the public here? While these government officials roam around with 100 policemen, they remain safe but not the common man in Rajasthan. PM Modi only has to do something about this," he said.
Earlier in the day, a fourth arrest had been made in the Alwar gangrape case, as per reports. The accused Hansraj Gurjar, who had been arrested was allegedly the mastermind of the crime. On Wednesday, the man who had reportedly made the video of the rape had been arrested. As of now, one more accused is still absconding.
A Dalit woman was allegedly raped by five men in front of her husband in Thanagazi, Alwar district on April 26. The assailants also filmed the crime and uploaded the video on social media. The police have arrested three people accused in the case so far. One of the arrested had filmed the video. The police have sent teams to hunt down the rest of the accused.
Since the incident, BJP has been demanding that Rajasthan should resign, alleging there was a delay in the investigation due to polls in the state which were concluded in the state on May 6. While the rape occurred on April 26, an FIR had been filed on May 2.