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Dhananjoy Tripura is a sitting MLA from the Raima Valley constituency of Tripura’s Dhalai district
Dhananjoy Tripura is a sitting MLA from the Raima Valley constituency of Tripura’s Dhalai district|EastMojo image
TRIPURA

Tripura: IPFT MLA accused of raping woman on pretext of marriage

Victim lodges complaint against legislator Dhananjoy Tripura, says she was criminally assaulted several times since 2014; leader denies, calls it a political conspiracy

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: The police have launched an investigation into an FIR filed by a tribal woman accusing Dhananjoy Tripura, the ruling Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) MLA from Raima Valley constituency of Dhalai district, of raping her on the pretext of marriage.

The legislator has, however, denied the allegations levelled against him and called it a political conspiracy to malign his image.

West Tripura SP Ajit Pratap Singh said, "We have registered a case and launched an investigation into the allegations. The medical test of the victim was conducted and we have begun to look into the matter from all aspects."

According to the complaint, the victim alleged that she was criminally assaulted several times since 2014 on the pretext of marrying her once he became an MLA. He, however, started ignoring her and rejecting her marriage proposal.

The victim even took the matter to IPFT supremo and revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma, but Dhananjoy refused to marry her.

A case under sections 376 and 417 of the IPC was registered agaisnt him in Mandai police station. Later, the case was transferred to the Agartala East women's police station on Sunday evening.

The incident has left everyone shocked as the present IPFT-BJP government has taken a strong stand on crime against women.

Meanwhile, Dhananjoy Tripura said, “For party work, we meet a number of people on a daily basis. This could be a part of political conspiracy. The case has been filed to malign both my and the party's image. I will challenge in the high court if required."