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BJP lawmaker sent to jail for molesting 12-year-old girl on train, suspended


PATNA: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) today suspended party lawmaker Tunna Pandey from the party hours within he was arrested by the police for allegedly molesting a minor girl traveling on a train.

“BJP has suspended party MLC Tunna Pandey,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi tweeted today.

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The lawmaker was arrested from Gorakhpur-bound Purvanchal Express coming from Kolkata. The incident took place near Sarai station on the Hajipur-Muzaffarpur railway section.

According to a complaint lodged with the GRP, the lawmaker allegedly molested a 12-year-old girl travelling on the train and also tried to drag near the toilet after which she raised an alarm.

The victim, daughter of a trader having his business in Thailand, had her berth allotted near the lawmaker, as per the report.

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He was arrested moments after the train stopped at the Hajipur station Sunday morning.

“We have arrested the legislator on the basis of a written complaint of victim’s father,” GRP’s station-in-charge Sanjay Singh told the media today.

Soon after his arrest he was produced in a local court which remanded him to 14-day judicial custody. Pandey, however, claimed he was innocent.

Pandey is among a dozen Bihar lawmakers arrested by the police on various charges.

Earlier, the police had arrested RJD lawmaker Raj Ballabh Yadav for allegedly raping a minor girl. Yadav is currently in jail in connection with the case.

Image Courtesy: Prabhat Khabar

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