A 52-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on Monday night, as per reports Credit: Representational image

Gangtok: A case of sexual assault on a physically mute woman was reported from Lower Rangang in Yangang, South Sikkim on Wednesday. The 52-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted on Monday night.

“The accused, identified as Bhim Bahadur Basnett, is a resident of the same village. It is said that the accused had visited the residence of the complainant Moni Kumar Rai for a night of drinking and merry-making. Following this, it appears the accused Basnett forced himself on the victim, who could not cry for help owing to her disability,” informed SHO Yangang Sandeep Subba.

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The accused is currently under judicial custody in Boomtar Jail, Namchi, South Sikkim. SHO Subba stated, “Accused Basnet is identified as an alcoholic in Yangang village, he was on such a drinking spree during that night in the house of the complainant Moni Kumar Rai. He has previously also been identified for such acts of behaviour and public nuisance.”

Meanwhile, the accused was wrongly identified as a relative of Bikash Basnett, a political leader from the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM). Speaking with EastMojo, the leader stated, “He is not my immediate family member but he is a Basnett. My name is being dragged for a crime that someone else has committed. My name is being dragged for political mileage, I am neither supporting his crime nor am I defending his crime. He is arrested, a charge-sheet has been filed. I am not interfering or misusing my power to save him. I had no connection to the crime, all the issue revolves around the victim’s statement.”

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Bikash Basnett, following his name being dragged by various social media pages, has filed a general diary with Yangang Police Station, informed the SHO.

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