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After clean chit, Rawat begins `fast unto death'

By Our Staff Correspondent

DEHRA DUN, JULY 19. Harak Singh Rawat, the former Uttaranchal Revenue Minister accused of rape last year and now given a clean chit by the accuser, Jenny alias Indira Deori, began a "fast unto death" near the Vidhan Sabha on Monday seeking arrest of the conspirators and an apology from the Chief Minister, the Speaker and Opposition parties for having forced him to resign on an allegation which had been proved false by the Central Bureau of Investigations and now retracted by Jenny herself.

Jenny had surprised everyone on Sunday by calling a press conference and saying that Mr. Rawat had never raped her nor was he the father of her child. She had accused him under pressure from some persons whom she would name at a later date.

Reaching the fasting site in a procession of loyalists from various parts of Garhwal, Mr. Rawat said he had been forced to undertake a fast unto death as justice had become victim of a deep rooted conspiracy.

The Congress party as well as the government had washed their hands off him during troubled times but the public supported him all through the past one year, he said. The fast launched on the first day of the budget session of the Assembly is considered as the beginning of another round of controversies that has enveloped the Narain Dutt Tiwari government over the recent past.

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