Former Union Minister booked for allegedly kidnapping UP law student

Former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand was booked for allegedly kidnapping a female law student after the woman, in a video that went viral on social media, accused “a big leader of the saint society” of threatening her and “destroying the lives of several girls.”

The woman, a student of SS Law College in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, has been missing since she posted the video on her Facebook page on August 24. Three-time BJP MP Chinmayanand is chairman of the college. The girl’s father complained to the police, accusing Chinmayanand of putting his daughter through an ordeal.

Director general of police (DGP) OP Singh said, “On the basis of a complaint filed by the victim’s father, we have registered a case against Swami Chinmayanand for alleged kidnapping, and threatening the victim’s family.”

The DGP added that the UP Special Task Force (STF) had been asked to join the investigation and teams sent to different locations to trace the student. “We have some vital clues through electronic surveillance and are confident of tracing her very soon,” he added.

In the video she posted on her Facebook page, she said: “I’m from Shahjahanpur and am pursuing LLM from SS College. A big leader of the saint society, who has destroyed the lives of several girls, has been issuing me life threats. I have all the evidence against him.”

She appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for help. “I request Modi ji and Yogi ji to help me. He (the saint) has even threatened to kill my family. Only I know what I have been going through. Modi ji, please help me, he is a sanyasi and is threatening that the police, DM {district magistrate} and everyone else is on his side and no one can harm him. I request you all for justice.”

A policeman, requesting anonymity, said, “She didn’t name Chinmayanand directly but hinted towards him. Her father has mentioned the former Union minister’s name in his complaint.”

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