Chinmayanand case: UP Police says the woman was not kidnapped

Chinmayanand case: UP Police says the woman was not kidnapped

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After finding the 23-year-old woman, a law student who was missing for nearly a week from Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur, the UP Police said that the woman was not kidnapped.

Woman’s father had alleged that the BJP leader and former BJP Union Minister Chinmayananda sexually harassed and kidnapped her.

The UP Police found the woman in Rajasthan on Friday, after six days of her disappearance, along with her friend. The UP police said the woman was being taken home. "In the Shahjahanpur episode the girl has been located by Shahjahanpur police in Rajasthan along with her friend. Necessary legal action is being taken," the police said in a tweet.

The police searched for her in many places across Delhi, UP and Rajasthan and used digital surveillance to track her down, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh told NDTV: "She is hale and hearty. It seems she went out of her own will to various places," he said.

The woman, a law student, went missing on Saturday after posting a video on Facebook alleging that a "big leader of the Sant Samaj" had "destroyed the lives of many other girls and also has threatened to kill me". She requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help her.

The woman's video was widely circulated on social media. Based on her video, her father blamed Chinmayanand, a former union minister who heads the management of the college where the woman studies.

Chinmayanand’s lawyer asserted that the allegations were false and an attempt to extort the politician. The UP police chief said: "We did conduct raids in the Chinmayanand ashram. Our teams spoke to several people in his ashram. Our first focus was to recover her safely."

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided to take up the case after some women lawyers raised concerns that it could turn into the another "Unnao case", where a powerful BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar - expelled only recently from the party - is accused of raping a minor girl from his village in 2017 and conspiring to murder her in a recent car crash.

Chinmayanand, 72, has a sprawling Ashram in Shahjahanpur and runs five colleges in the town. He also runs Ashrams in Hardwar and Rishikesh.