According to the FIR, the woman, who is a doctor by profession, alleged that Pordung had called her up at around 8 to 9 PM to meet and discuss official work regarding the primary health centre in Bameng.
An FIR was registered on Monday at the women police station against Bharatiya Janata Party( BJP ) MLA Guruk Pordung for the alleged rape of a woman from Bameng, which is the MLA’s Constituency on the night of 12 October at a city hotel here in the state capital.
According to the FIR, the woman, who is a doctor by profession, alleged that Pordung had called her up at around 8 to 9 PM to meet and discuss official work regarding the primary health centre in Bameng. She claims to have been invited inside the hotel by the MLA, who locked the door of the room as soon as she entered.
When she enquired on the matter of discussion, the MLA allegedly started touching her private parts, molested and raped her and physically tortured. She claimed in the FIR.
Meanwhile, the MLA has also issued a clarification to the police, refuting the allegation and termed it: “a criminal conspiracy to tarnish my political image.”
Pordung, in his statement said that the woman in question was the wife of one of her close supporters and “no such incident of rape took place on 12 October,” adding that it was also not the first time they had met each other.
The MLA said he had helped the woman financially on her request on a couple of occasions, and further alleged the woman of “seducing” him during their meeting in another hotel in the capital before 12 October.
Talking about Saturday’s incident, he claimed that he was at a meeting here in the capital and was “constantly receiving calls” from her to meet and discuss matters in regards to the expenditure her husband had incurred during the election preparation earlier this year.
On continuous persistence, he claims to have reached the hotel at around 10.15 PM and thereafter headed towards the hotel and “booked a room jointly to discuss the matter at her own free will.”
“There was no force excreted to her in any manner. After the discussion, we parted with an assurance to discuss the matter further to solve the financial crisis being faced by her family. However, after she left, she texted me saying that a group of youths were roaming outside the hotel and I shouldn’t venture out as she apprehended that some untoward incident would happen. Accordingly, I left the hotel after those youths left the vicinity of the hotel. There was no question of rape in any manner as the staff of the hotel witnessed everything,” Pordung’s clarification read.
He also sought a free and fair investigation to unravel the truth. Briefing reporters, capital SP Tumme Amo said that the police are looking at all possible angles.
“We are investigating whether it is case a rape or of a consensual relationship,” the SP said, while adding that the staff of the hotel in their statements have also confirmed that both the accused and the victim had visited the hotel on the particular night. FIR was received on Sunday and after a preliminary investigation it has been registered at WPS today.
We are investigating into the matter and law will take own course of action. SP added.
“Justice will be delivered,” the SP further added.
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