In a serious allegation, the Goa State Secretary of the Mahila Congress Diya Shetkar on Sunday accused BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s supporters of threatening her of gang-rape and killing if she campaigned in his constituency or spoke against their leader.
Shetkar filed an NC with the Panaji police station as she was scheduled to leave for Mumbai. On Monday, she visited the office of the Director General of Police, Goa, Muktesh Chander and submitted a written complaint against Shirodkar and other unknown persons for the offences of criminal intimidation, threats to kill, cause gang-rape, outraging the modesty of a woman and other offences.
Shirodkar is a former Congress MLA and represented Shiroda in Goa Legislative Assembly. He had recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Congress party worker and lawyer said in a written complaint to the Women’s Police Station at Panaji in Goa saying that she got a telephone call early on Sunday morning asking her to “not to do anything against him (Shirodkar) in Shiroda constituency”.
Speaking to media persons, the Congress leader said, “BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s goons are threatening me of gang-rape and killing. The BJP govt is tarnishing my image. In the morning, I got a call threatening me to not do anything against him in Shiroda constituency.”
In her complaint submitted at the Panaji Women’s Police Station, she said that she received a call on Sunday morning from an unknown person, who claimed to be Shirodkar`s supporter, who used “abusive and vulgar” language while delivering the threat to her.
“I was threatened with gang-rape by the caller if I entered constituency of Shirodkar, a former Congress MLA who joined the BJP last month, and campaigned against him,” she told the media.
The police said a non-cognizance complaint had been registered against an unknown person following the complaint.
While Shirodkar could not be contacted, state BJP General Secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavde said, “I do not know about the complaint, but I will find out.”
Shirodkar, along with another now-former Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte quit the Congress and joined the BJP.