FIR filed against Rajen Gohain for rape, withdrawn

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HT Bureau

Guwahati, Aug 10: A woman in Nagaon district, who had lodged an FIR against Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain accusing him of rape, has withdrawn the case, police said on Friday.

Nagaon superintendent of police SB Raimedhi said that the woman has submitted a letter saying that she wants to withdraw the FIR against the Union minister.

Earlier, the police have registered a case against senior BJP leader and Union minister for allegedly raping and threatening a 24-year old woman. The case was registered bearing the No 2592/18 on August 2. “The case was registered under sections 417 (cheating), 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC,” he said adding the woman has refused medical examination.

“The complaint says that the alleged incident took place seven to eight months ago. Both Gohain and the woman knew each other for a long time and the Union minister used to visit her home,” the official said.

Gohain, a senior leader of ruling BJP, has been representing Nagaon Lok Sabha constituency since 1999, had committed the crime at the woman’s home when her husband and other family members were not present, the police official said.

Asked if Gohain’s arrest is imminent, he said, “We are probing now. If required, arrest will be made only after the probe is complete.”

The 26-year-old woman had lodged an FIR with Nagaon Police station on August 2 seeking registration of rape case against 68-year-old Gohain.

“Based on the complaint of a woman a case has been registered against Gohain at Nagaon Sadar police station. We are investigating into the case,” Nagaon SP Shankar Brata Raimedhi told reporters here.

The SP said investigation into the case is going on to find out the truth. The union minister may soon be questioned by the police.

Gohain has been a BJP member since 1991, and served four terms as a Member of Parliament. On July 5, 2016, he was inducted to the Union Cabinet as a minister of state for railways.

Despite repeated attempts Gohain did not receive his mobile phone. His wife, Rita Gohain said she heard about the police case registered against her husband, but refused to make any comment. “I cannot say anything on the subject because my husband is not at home,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nabarun Gohain, son of the Union minister, has lodged another FIR with the Nagaon Sadar Police station against the woman for alleged blackmailing the minister and his family. The police have registered another case against the woman on the basis of the FIR, sources here added.

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