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BJP leader arrested after woman says she was ‘hired’ to accuse Muslim man of ‘love jihad’ 

New Delhi, July 26, 2022 (PPI-OT):Two men including a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader were arrested after a Delhi woman has accused them of having hired her to frame a Muslim man in a ‘love jihad’ and rape case in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj. The duo named Aman Chauhan and Akash Solanki are out on interim bail. One of the accused, Chauhan is a district vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s youth wing.

The woman is 24 years old and is identified as Radha in the report. She had earlier accused a Muslim man, identified as Prince Qureshi, of having promised to marry her and then raping her. Qureshi had posed as a Hindu, she had also said, according to Indian media.

On 16 July, police had booked Qureshi under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. Later, Radha reportedly withdrew her allegations and has now said that two men Chauhan and Solanki had hired her to say this. Her statement was recorded before a magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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