'Baba' arrested on rape charges

A 'baba' was arrested for allegedly raping a local singer, police said here today.

"'Baba' Rajesh Kumar alias Rana was arrested yesterday after a local singer lodged a complaint with Kapurthala police that he raped her under the pretext of marrying her," City SHO Amrik Singh Chahal said.

He was produced before a Judicial magistrate today who remanded him to 14-day judicial custody.

In her complaint, the victim said she had met Rana seven years ago. He promised her that he will record and release an album of her songs and share the profit with her. Rane also said he will marry her and both started living together in rented rooms at different places.

Though Rana released her eight albums of religious songs and hymns, he kept all the money to himself and also expressed his inability to marry her citing reason that he was heading a religious place and could not marry as per rules, the woman said.

The singer said later she came to know that Rana was married and has three children.

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