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Sardarpur: An alleged case of love jihad surfaced at Dasai, a small village in Sardarpur tehsil of Dhar district after a 19-year-old Dalit girl and a 30-year-old man who belonged to Muslim community went missing on December 6.

Scores of members of Hindu outfit who staged protest at Dasai police outpost on Sunday evening here said the 30-year-old Shahrukh Khan, son of Chittu Khan from Kodatkala village under Badnawar tehsil of Dhar district, introduced himself as Kaju Solanki hiding his identity to the girl.

On December 6, the girl went to kiosk near bus stand and didn’t return. Failing to get any information about her whereabouts, her family members and other villagers launched a search operation. In the meantime, they came to know about Shahrukh alias Kaju’s real identity. They rushed to his place and came to know that he also went missing since December 6.

Upset with this, members of Hindu outfit staged protest outside Dasai police outpost and also organised a protest rally in the village.

Dasai police outpost incharge Prashant Pal said they received an application from girl’s family members on December 6. Based on this, police launched a search operation. Meanwhile, villagers claimed that after a protest outside police outpost, police intensified search operation and lodged an FIR against accused Shahrukh Khan under Section 366 (inducing woman to compel her for marriage) of Indian Penal Code and SC/ST Atrocity Act.

Police also detained Shakur Khan, brother of Shahrukh Khan, and questioned him. Villagers have warned police to find the girl immediately or face action. On the other hand, the police outpost incharge Pal made it clear that police will confirm whether it is a case of love jihad only after recording the statement of the girl.

As reported earlier, the state government is all set to move Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020, to curb love jihad cases during the three-day assembly session expected to begin from December 28.

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