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AAP minister Bharti identified by Ugandan woman, women's groups demand action

New Delhi: A Ugandan woman who along with four other women from Africa was allegedly rounded up by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and AAP cadres during a midnight raid last week has identified him
IANS January 23, 2014 8:29 IST
IANS
New Delhi: A Ugandan woman who along with four other women from Africa was allegedly rounded up by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and AAP cadres during a midnight raid last week has identified him after seeing video footage from news channels and newspaper clippings, police said Wednesday.

Women's groups have demanded action against Bharti for his "horrific act of harassment and racial profiling".

A woman sub-inspector has been appointed to investigate the case.

Police said five women - two from Uganda and three from Nigeria - who were allegedly victimised by Bharti and supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the night of Jan 16 recorded their statements before a metropolitan magistrate Tuesday.

"One of them has identified four people, including Bharti, when police showed her the video footage from news channels and newspaper clippings," a police officer said.

Police said they will frame charges against Bharti and the investigation report will be submitted before a court.

Earlier, police said a woman officer will investigate the assault on the foreign women living in south Delhi's Malviya Nagar area.

"A woman sub-inspector would investigate the alleged assault on four Ugandan women by Bharti and Aam Aadmi Party supporters," a police officer told IANS.

After a protest by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues demanding suspension of some police officers for their alleged inaction in busting a "prostitution and drug racket", the station house officer (SHO) of Malviya Nagar police station was sent on leave.

The probe has been transferred to police in Mehrauli, an officer said.

Women rights organisations here have written an open letter to Kejriwal, urging him to take action against Bharti for the midnight raid to unearth an alleged "drugs and prostitution" racket.

"It is with extreme dismay that we write to you regarding the horrific act of harassment and racial profiling of Ugandan women by a group led by Somnath Bharti, comprising other members of the Aam Aadmi Party," the letter said.