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Cong woman worker roughed up at UP meet

A Congress worker was roughed up by her colleagues at a party meet in Deoria after she alleged that a “rapist” had been given the ticket for the Assembly byelection, prompting the party to order a probe into the incident and expel two members for “indiscipline”.

National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma said she had written to the UP Director General of Police seeking action against the accused.

The woman, Tara Yadav, lodged a police complaint against four party office-bearers, including the district president, for allegedly beating and molesting her.

As the videos of the ugly scenes at the meeting held on Saturday went viral sparking outrage, an embarrassed state unit of the Congress termed it as a “political conspiracy” to defame the party.

According to eyewitnesses, Yadav allegedly tried to “manhandle” party secretary Sachin Naik and also hurled a bouquet towards him during the meeting.

Yadav was protesting over the party nominating Mukund Bhaskar Mani for the November 3 bypoll, accusing him of being a rapist, a charge denied by him.

As she hurled a bouquet towards Naik, angry workers allegedly roughed up Yadav and whisked her out of the meeting venue, the eyewitnesses claimed.

“A complaint has been received. The matter is being probed, but no case has been registered so far,” Kotwali SHO Chandrabhan Singh said.

Yadav, who claimed to be associated with the party for four years, said she was only questioning the choice of candidate and never expected that the party members would react in such a manner. “You have given the ticket to a rapist and this has tarnished the party’s image. You could have given it to someone else,” Yadav said.