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Ugandan woman identifies Delhi minister, woman officer to probe case


New Delhi, Jan 22 :

A Ugandan woman who was allegedly assaulted by Somnath Bharti during his vigilante-style raid last week has identified the Delhi law minister after seeing video footage from a news channel and newspaper clippings, police said Wednesday, as a woman sub-inspector was appointed to investigate the case.

( pic credit : ndtv.com)
( pic credit : ndtv.com)

Police said five women – two from Uganda and three from Nigeria – who were allegedly victimised by Bharti and supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the night of Jan 16 recorded their statements before a metropolitan magistrate Tuesday.

“One of them has identified four people, including Bharti, when police showed her the video footage from news channels and newspaper clippings,” a police officer said.

Police said they will frame charges on Bharti and the investigation report will be submitted before a court.

Earlier, police said a woman officer will investigate the assault on the foreign women living in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area.

“A woman sub-inspector would investigate the alleged assault on four Ugandan women by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and Aam Aadmi Party supporters,” a police officer told IANS.

After a protest by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues demanding the suspension of some police officers for their alleged inaction in busting the “prostitution and drug racket” and in a dowry case, the station house officer (SHO) of Malviya Nagar police station has been sent on leave.

Following this, the probe has been transferred to police in Mehrauli, an officer said.