Last Update: January 21, 2023, 10:25 AM IST
After Maliwal narrated her ordeal, the police traced the car and arrested its driver, Harish Chandra.
Delhi BJP working president Virendra Sachdeva on Friday tweeted a picture of Harish Chandra Suryavanshi, accused of the crime.
The horrifying incident of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal being assaulted and dragged out in the national capital has taken a political turn as the Center questioned the authenticity of the act and alleged that it was a “staged drama”.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also made serious allegations against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and alleged that the person behind the incident is actually an AAP worker.
Swati Maliwal on Thursday claimed that a man harassed and dragged her after her hand got stuck in the window of her car when she was trying to escape.
He hit back at the BJP for accusing them of dramatizing the incident and said, “Let me tell those who think they will scare me by telling dirty lies about me. In this short life, I have done many great things with a shroud on my head. I was attacked many times, but I did not stop. With every atrocity, the fire inside me grew stronger. No one can suppress my voice. As long as I’m alive, I’ll keep fighting!”
Let me tell those who think that they will scare me by telling dirty lies about me. I have done many big things in this short life by tying a shroud on my head. I had many attacks but I did not stop. With every atrocity the fire inside me grew stronger. No one can suppress my voice. I will keep fighting till I am alive!— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) January 20, 2023
Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Thursday sent Harish Chandra, the man accused of molesting and dragging Swati Maliwal, to 14-day judicial custody. Chandra, 47, was arrested by the Delhi Police on Thursday and his car was also seized.
Speaking to ANI, DCP South Chandan Chowdhary said that according to Maliwal she was with her team outside the all out India at the Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) around 2.45 a.m. when the arrested accused, identified as Harish Chandra, a resident of Sangam Vihar area, approached him in an inebriated state.
The DCW chief, in his complaint to the police, alleged that a man driving a white car stopped near where she was standing and made “obscene gestures” at her.
Delhi BJP working president Virendra Sachdeva on Friday tweeted a picture of Harish Chandra Suryavanshi, accused of the crime. He claimed that Suryavanshi is a key worker of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Sangam Vihar. In the picture, the accused can be seen campaigning with AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal.
Big disclosure- Harishchandra Suryavanshi, his brother Premshankar and Chandra all three arrested in Swati’s fake sting yesterday @AamAadmiParty And all three of them run liquor and betting business with the corporator there. Delhi will not forgive Kejriwal for such a heinous conspiracy. pic.twitter.com/lwrGTbP1ie
— Virendra Sachdeva (@Virend_Sachdeva) January 20, 2023
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken cognizance of the incident and has written to the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to personally intervene in the matter and ensure that strict action is taken against the accused person and also sought a detailed action taken report Go be informed of
Commission within 2 days.
“We have taken cognizance of the incident. It points a finger at the safety of women in Delhi. Though the police have arrested the person behind it, why did such an incident happen in the first place?” said Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, NCW.
Maliwal’s claim comes after the death of a 20-year-old woman named Anjali after she was allegedly dragged for several kilometers in Delhi’s Kanjhawala area.
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