Palakkad: A 21-year-old woman has filed a police complaint alleging she was raped inside the ruling CPI(M)’s area committee office at Cheruplassery in Kerala, following which a probe has been started. A case was lodged after police found a newborn girl last Saturday abandoned on a roadside.

They traced her mother, who said the baby was born after she was allegedly raped by a youth activist in the party office 10 mo­n­ths ago, police said.

The complainant said she went to the party office for preparation of a college magazine. A local CPI(M) leader said the woman is an SFI activist and her family has close links with the party. The party would probe if such an incident has taken place in its office and police should conduct a “truthful” and “scientific” probe, he added.