A 45-year-old man said to be the close aide of a Union Minister is among two persons booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old girl in Sarita Vihar here.

The victim has alleged that although she was molested by one Gajendra, it was at the behest of his friend Niranjan Singh alias Pappi who, sources said, is very close to a Congress Minister at the Centre. Niranjan owns the house where the victim lives along with her family.

In her complaint, the girl told the police that around 1 p.m. on October 16, while she was going somewhere, Gajendra waylaid and molested her. She somehow managed to escape and upon her return home, she narrated her ordeal to her mother, who took her to their landlord Niranjan and told him about the incident.

To their shock, the mother and daughter found Niranjan justifying Gajendra’s actions and told them to either bear it or leave the house. The girl’s complaint added that soon Gajendra, too, reached there and threatened them of dire consequences, including framing the victim’s father in a false case.

The family then approached the police, who registered a case against both Niranjan and Gajendra. While the latter has been arrested and subsequently sent to jail, the police said they were verifying the allegations levelled against Niranjan and, if need be, he would be arrested. Besides POCSO, the accused have also been booked under sections pertaining to criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.

The victim has alleged that she was molested by one Gajendra at the behest of Niranjan Singh alias Pappi who, sources said, is very close to a Congress minister at the Centre