Shillong, July 24: In a major embarrassment for the BJP, Meghalaya cops are seeking out their nation unit’s vice president and previous militant chief Bernard N Marak alias Rimpu after a case of “immoral trafficking” become registered in opposition to him in Tura of West Garo Hill districts.
The BJP chief has, however, stated he isn’t on the run and has continually cooperated with the police investigation. He additionally accused Chief Minister Conrad Sangma of targetting him by “asking the police branch to hyperlink yesterday’s raid with a few POCSO cases in February”.
Sangma is dropping floor politically and is making an attempt to get him arrested due to political reasons, he alleged, including that he isn’t even an accused withinside the vintage POCSO case.
The Meghalaya unit of the BJP is tight-lipped and is but to make any legit announcement.
The case was filed following raids at a resort owned by Bernard N Marak on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday where six children were found “locked inside dingy cabin-like unhygienic rooms”.
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Meghalaya Police has claimed that a ‘brothel’ operated from the inn and that the BJP chief is evading arrest. 73 people were arrested withinside the case so far, and all have been produced in court.
“All the kids have been in a nation of surprise and have been not able to talk properly. From the substances recovered at Rimpu Bagan in addition to the layout of the construction etc., it seems that the area becomes being utilized by Bernard N Marak alias Rimpu and his accomplices as a “brothel” for the motive of prostitution,” police stated.
Marak has denied any wrongdoing at his inn and stated the raid become carried out without a warrant under the guidance of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma “in which all of the nation equipment has been abused through the CM”.
“None of these detained become concerned in any indecent sports. The police trespassed and careworn the minor college students whom I become sponsoring to look at and alleged them to be concerned in sexual sports,” he stated.
“Matured man or woman can not be referred to as a prostitute for partying and no homestay may be termed a brothel. Chief Minister has made matters very non-public through permitting police to border human trafficking/prostitution over his very own voters,” he added.
Bernard N Marak is an elected member of the Garo Hill Autonomous District Council and has been making headlines for attacking the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) authorities withinside the nation, in which his party, the BJP, is a partner.
He become the self-styled chairman of the now disbanded militant outfit named A.chik Nationalist Voluntary Council (B).
Cops stated a lady had lodged a lacking criticism for her minor daughter who could not be positioned for a week. She becomes traced to Tura through the female’s relatives.
“Later, it becomes ascertained that the minor become sexually assaulted a couple of instances over one week,” police stated, including that a case becomes then registered in the POCSO Act.
The female reportedly stated in court that she and her pal have been taken to Rimpu Bagan through the principal accused and certainly considered one among his friends. They employed one room and sexually assaulted her there a couple of instances, she added.
“Apart from the on-the-spotaneous case, a couple of verbal courts cases have been being obtained through first-rate citizens of Tura city vicinity that many immoral sports are occurring at Rimpu Bagan owned through one Bernard N Marak,” a police announcement stated.
On arrival at Rimpu Bagan, the hunting crew observed a 3-storied construction (2 floorings withinside the basement and 1 ground above floor level) with around 30 small rooms, law enforcement officials stated.
This construction become suspected to be the area in which the minor female become sexually assaulted.
“The crew additionally observed many younger boys and women overtly ingesting at the premises, withinside the rooms in addition to inner vehicles. Some of them have been sitting withinside the automobile without garments or with very much less garments on their bodies. Accordingly, the hunting crew detained a majority of these boys and women numbering around 68 for interrogation. Some controlled to run away taking gain of the darkness. The seek crew additionally apprehended the manager, caretaker, and different 3 staff. Later, the entire premise becomes searched in presence of impartial witnesses and 36 vehicles, 47 cellular phones, 168268 ml liquor, massive portions of contraceptives (condoms) and different incriminating substances” the Superintendent of Police of West Garo Hills Vivekanand Singh stated in a press release.
Cops said a woman had lodged a missing complaint for her minor daughter who couldn’t be located for a week. She was traced to Tura by the girl’s relatives.
“Later, it was ascertained that the minor was sexually assaulted multiple times over one week,” police said, adding that a case was then registered under the POCSO Act.
The girl reportedly said in court that she and her friend were taken to Rimpu Bagan by the main accused and one of his friends. They hired one room and sexually assaulted her there multiple times, she added.
“Apart from the instant case, multiple verbal complaints were being received by respectable residents of Tura town area that many immoral activities are going on at Rimpu Bagan owned by one Bernard N Marak,” a police statement said.
On arrival at Rimpu Bagan, the search team noticed a three-storied building (2 floors in the basement and 1 floor above ground level) with around 30 small rooms, cops said.
This building was suspected to be the place where the minor girl was sexually assaulted.
“The team also noticed many young boys and girls openly drinking on the premises, inside the rooms as well as inside vehicles. Some of them were sitting inside the vehicle without clothes or with very less clothes on their bodies. Accordingly, the search team detained all these boys and girls numbering around 68 for interrogation. Some managed to run away taking advantage of the darkness. The search team also apprehended the manager, caretaker, and other three staff. Later, the whole premise was searched in presence of independent witnesses and 36 vehicles, 47 mobile phones, 168268 ml liquor, huge quantities of contraceptives (condoms) and other incriminating materials” the Superintendent of Police of West Garo Hills Vivekanand Singh said in a press release.