A ruling Assam Congress leader allegedly raped a married woman in lower Assam's Chirang district and was thrashed by angry villagers before being arrested -- yet another shocking incident in the midst of the outrage in the country over the Delhi gangrape case.
Bikram Singh Brahma, who is Baksa district Congress Committee chairman and Congress coordinator of Bodoland Territorial Council, was caught by locals after he allegedly raped the woman late on Wednesday night at Santipura village with women beating him up, Chirang Superintendent of Police Kumar Sanjeev Krishna said.
Bramha was arrested after an FIR was lodged by the victim's husband, Krishna said.
TV channels telecast footage of Bramha, who had contested the 2011 assembly elections from Sapaguri constituency in Baksa district, being slapped, kicked and caned by agitated men and women who ripped off his clothes.
As Opposition parties lashed out, an embarrassed Congress suspended the leader from the party and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi warned that anyone found guilty of the henious crime "would not be spared, whether he is Congressman or not"
"He has been suspended and ceases to hold any post in the party. An inquiry will be held against Brahma," Assam Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokespersons Haren Das said.
Gogoi, who is in Delhi, said, "It is most condemnable. It is a most heinous crime. He should be punished.... Police have already arrested him. The case should be disposed of at the earliest."
The CM said his government has been strict in handling such cases like the Guawahati molestation incident. He said in the molestation case too, he had ordered an inquiry to find out if their was any lapse which led to acquittal of some of the accused.
"The government does not make a distinction whether the culprit is a Congressman or from any other party. Action will be taken as per law," the Chief Minister said while favouring fast tracking of such cases.
The opposition BJP and AGP accused the government of failing to ensure security of women in the state "The state government and the chief minister has failed to provide security to women," BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal said.
Asom Gana Parishad working president Atul Bora (Junior) said. "At a time when incidents of crime against women are on the rise across India, the fact that a ruling party leader is involved in such an incident shows the moral degradation of the Congress and the state government."