Women hold candles as they shout slogans during a protest against the alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl in Ghaziabad, in the outskirts of Delhi on April 25, 2018.

Neighbourhood News Desk: Alleged abduction and rape of a 10-year-old girl, who was rescued from a Ghaziabad madrasa, took a political turn on Wednesday with East Delhi MP Maheish Girri demanding the immediate arrest of a cleric in the case. Ghazipur resident, who went missing on April 21, was rescued a day later from madrasa in Arthala area of Ghaziabad. Police apprehended a 17-year-old student of the madrasa and booked him for rape. But the family alleged three others, including a cleric heading the madrasa, had also sexually assaulted her.

After meeting the girl’s family on Wednesday, Girri claimed the cleric was the mastermind. Fellow BJP workers and a few other people blocked roads on both sides of the Delhi-Ghaziabad border in the day. Girri later led a candlelight march from the Central Secretariat metro station to India Gate in the evening. Traffic movement was affected when locals and members of different outfits protested on NH-24 on both sides of the Delhi-Ghaziabad border near Khoda and the Ghazipur chicken market and demanded immediate arrest of the 40-year-old cleric. The residents of the Ghaziabad neighbourhood where the madarsa is located held a candle light march on Tuesday night.