The Punjab women’s commission has asked the director-general of police to probe allegations by an AAP legislator that women who want to contest the Assembly polls are being “exploited” by some party leaders.
The call for a probe comes at a time similar allegations are being made by other AAP leaders. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to visit Punjab for four days from tomorrow.
“We have taken suo motu cognisance of the matter. The charge of sexual exploitation in return of tickets is a very serious one. The DGP has been asked to investigate the matter and submit a report to the commission,” said Paramjit Kaur Landran, the commission chairperson.
In a letter to Kejriwal, Sehrawat had said: “I saw disturbing reports about women being exploited in Punjab in return of or giving promise of ticket. The MLAs of Delhi are unaware about what is being done by Sanjay Singh, Durgesh etc.”
Both Singh and Durgesh have denied the allegations against them. While Singh is the AAP’s Punjab in-charge, Durgesh is responsible for building the organisation.
Yesterday, a group of AAP volunteers in Barnala had alleged that a party leader from Delhi who was posted as the observer for the district had raped a woman after promising her a ticket and paid Rs 1 lakh to hush up the matter.
“Leaders in Delhi were informed about the matter. Bu they did not take any action,” said Ravinder Singh Dhillon, the AAP’s Barnala youth wing chief. Dhillon claimed he had an audio clip of the alleged conversation between the woman and an aide of the accused leader.
Amandeep Kaur Gill, a former convener of the AAP in Ferozepur, referred to an allegation of assault she had made in May 2015 against three party volunteers.
“None of the leaders in Delhi heard my complaint. Those who misbehaved with me were given party posts,” said Amandeep.
The Congress took the opportunity to attack Kejriwal. “The charges are too serious to be dismissed,” said Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh
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