New Delhi, Dec 8: A 33-year-old woman was thrashed by a mob after she complained about illegal liquor sale in Narela. The violent crowd attacked the woman with rods on Thursday. The victim was targetted after she accompanied the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal and her team on a liquor raid on Wednesday evening.
Praveen, a resident of a JJ cluster in Narela, had been protesting against the illegal sale of liquor in the area. On Wednesday night, a team of the DCW, led by Swati Maliwal, conducted a raid in the area. Praveen then accompanied them to a house in Narela Pocket 11, owned by Asha and Rakesh, where 350 bottles of liquor were found.
Speaking to Indian Express, Rajneesh Gupta, DCP (Rohini) said, “Praveen was assaulted by Asha and other Sansi women around noon. She was medically examined and an FIR under IPC sections 323/342/354/354B/506/509/34 has been registered. Efforts are on to arrest the accused… Injury is blunt… there is no fracture..”
Swati Maliwal said that a mob surrounded Praveen and her family members at around 11 am on Thursday. “She was beaten with iron rods. Her clothes were torn and she was paraded naked,” Maliwal was quoted as saying. However, DCP Rajneesh Gupta said Praveen was not “paraded naked” and that her clothes tore a bit when she was assaulted.
“In our colony, liquor is sold in the open. No one raises their voice against it. When I did, they punished me. They said they will also go to Swati Maliwal’s house and parade her naked,” Praveen, who is admitted at LNJP Hospital, said. Cops also said Praveen has been associated with them in taking action against bootleggers.
The DWC chief further alleged inaction by Delhi police against those selling illicit liquor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Utterly shocking and shameful that this is happening in the capital. I urge honourable LG to immediately intervene, take action against local policemen and ensure everyone’s safety (sic).”