The Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Narela, Sharad Chauhan, has been arrested by the police in connection with the suicide of a woman worker of the ruling party, taking the total number of arrested party leaders to 12.
Chauhan and main accused Ramesh Bhardwaj were questioned by the crime branch of Delhi Police for several hours in the past four days in connection with the case.
Besides Chauhan and Bhardwaj, five others, including the MLA’s associates Amit and Rajnikant, were arrested last night, said a senior police officer.
The woman had consumed a poisonous substance at her home in North-West Delhi’s Narela and died during treatment at LNJP Hospital on July 19. The woman had filed a complaint against Bhardwaj for allegedly touching her inappropriately and a case of molestation was registered in June. The accused was arrested and later released on bail.
On July 20, Delhi Police had registered a case of abetement to suicide and handed over the entire matter to a Special Investigation Team.
The family members of the woman had claimed that she had gone into depression after her alleged molester Bhardwaj, an AAP colleague, was released on bail. She had also alleged that the accused was being protected by the local AAP MLA.
After Chauhan’s arrest, AAP’s Ashutosh hit out at the Centre and alleged vengeance.
“Another AAP MLA arrested.Has Modi gone mad?Has he lost his mental balance? If PM acts with such anger/vengeance then is country safe!” he tweeted.