28 Jul 2022

Prostitute case: UP court allows Meghalaya police to take BJP leader to state

An Uttar Pradesh court has granted Meghalaya police a two-day transit remand for BJP leader Bernard Marak, accused of running a brothel in his farmhouse. Mr. Marak will be taken to Meghalaya today.
The BJP state vice president, who was earlier a militant, will now be taken to Tura and produced before a local court. He was arrested in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

The BJP, which is an ally of the ruling National People's Party, said it would hold a peaceful protest against the alleged harassment of its leaders by the state police.

State BJP chief Ernest Mawrie said, "We will simultaneously hold a peaceful protest in Shillong and Tura against the harassment of our party functionaries," Mawrie said.

Asked about Mr Marak's arrest, Mr Mawrie said: "Following this incident, the central leadership instructed us to conduct an investigation. We have done so and sent a report. We are awaiting their instructions."

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the matter must not be politicized and the police must be allowed to do their job.

Police said five children were rescued during a raid on Mr Marak's farm on July 22. They said a brothel operated on the premises and 47 men and 26 women were arrested during the operation. A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the matter.

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