The Shivpuri police on Saturday arrested KN Agrawal, 75, on charges of raping and molestating minor girls at a shelter home in Shivpuri where at least 12 girl inmates have accused him of sexually assaulting them, police said.
The Kotwali police who were interrogating Agarwal, arrested him and he will be produced in the district court on Sunday, said Shivpuri superintendent of police Mohammad Yusuf Qureshi.
Agarwal’s son, Raju, 35, who is mentally challenged and an accused in the case, is absconding, he said.
On Friday, Agrawal’s daughter, Shaila, 50, who runs Shakuntala Parmartha Samiti, the children shelter home for girls, was arrested and sent to jail until November 30.
Vijay Tiwari, the counsel of the accused, said his client surrendered before the police at his residence in Shaktipuram colony of Khuda neighbourhood of the city in the morning.
Investigating officer and women cell in-charge Aradhana Davis said police have recovered liquor bottles and some medicines during the raid at Agrawal’s house on Thursday.
Agrawal told reporters that he was being falsely implicated in the case.
“Jinendra Jain, chairman of the district child welfare committee and OP Pandey, district women and child empowerment officer are falsely implicating me in the case,” he told reporters.
He further said that he was not present in Allahabad, where he had gone for the treatment of his ailing son when the news about his alleged involvement in the case reached him.
The liquor bottles recovered by police from his house were “old purchases to entertain friends” and he does not drink alcohol and the medicines were for his son’s treatment, he said.