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Police Launch Hunt for Asha Rani, Six Others

Police have launched a hunt for BJP MLA Asha Rani, who has been booked for allegedly abetting suicide of her domestic help in 2007, said media reports.

Police officials said that they were also hunting six other suspects in the connection with the case, reported IANS.

A case was registered against Asha Rani and her husband Ashok Vir Vikram Singh alias Bhaiya Raja, a former MLA, on Saturday on charges of abducting the maidservant, keeping her as a bonded labourer and sexually abusing her.

It may be mentioned that Bhaiya Raja is already in judicial custody for allegedly killing his 21-year-old grand-niece Vasundhara Bundela, alias Nishi.

“The fresh FIR (first information report) was registered in connection with the suicide of their domestic help Saturday. The victim, Tijji Bai, who had sustained serious burn injuries, was found dead at the Bhopal residence of the leader in November 2007,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by IANS.

Asha Rani, who is MLA from Bijawar constituency, and six other people including close confidantes and employees of the former legislator have been accused in the case and charged with sections ranging from abetment to abduction and assault. They are Kanhaiya Lal, Khwaja, Narmada Prasad, Bahori, Mizaji and Gopal, said report.

A police official was quoted as saying that a team has been sent to Chhatarpur in search of the co-accused while another team has been sent to arrest those who are from Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, and have reportedly run away to their native places or are hiding in other smaller towns in the region.

So far nearly half-a-dozen people have been interrogated after the case was registered on Saturday. The police have also recorded the statements of the victim’s husband and brother who have alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse for several years.

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