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Four BJP leaders among accused in Gujarat rape case

A 24-year-old woman was gang-raped allegedly by 10 people including four local BJP leaders in Gujarat’s Kutch district. The woman was allegedly forced into prostitution by the accused, who also blackmailed her after filming the rape.

The victim named 10 people in the First Information Report (FIR). She also alleged that the accused lured many other girls and women into prostitution and exploited them sexually after promising them jobs in Naliya town of Kutch district.

On Tuesday, border range Inspector General of Police (IG) A.K. Jadeja said that four accused, including main accused Shantilal Solanki, had been arrested and the rest would be caught soon. Mr. Jadeja said the police had constituted a special investigation team (SIT) with two women officials to probe the case.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat BJP has suspended the four leaders named in the FIR — Shantilal Solanki, Govind Parumalani, Ajit Ramvani and Vasant Bhanushali.

Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said nobody would be spared and the police had already arrested three persons named in the complaint.

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