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BJP suspends Bihar MLC arrested over molestation allegations

india Updated: Jul 24, 2016 17:26 IST
Rajesh Kumar Thakur
Rajesh Kumar Thakur
Hindustan Times
Bihar MLC

The Siwan member of legislative council was on board the Poorvanchal Express when he allegedly misbehaved with the minor, sleeping on a berth next to his, on Saturday night(ANI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday morning suspended its lawmaker Tunna Ji Pandey within hours of his arrest for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old co-passenger on a train.

The legislative council member, who hails from Siwan, was on board the Howrah-Gorakhpur Purvanchal Express when he molested the girl sleeping on a berth next to his, said a complaint filed by the minor’s father, a businessman, with the government railway police (GRP).

The two were travelling from Kolkata in West Bengal to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. The lawmaker had even tried to take the girl to the bathroom, news agency ANI quoted Hajipur GRP chief Sanjay Singh as saying.

An FIR has been registered against Pandey who was arrested at Hajipur, his destination.

Pandey, however, denied the charge. He was about to get down at Hajipur at around 3.15 am when he switched on the light and tried to unplug his cellphone adapter from a charging point, the 47-year-old said.

“The girl raised an alarm, alleging that I had misbehaved with her. I didn’t even know whether it was a girl or a boy who was sleeping,” Pandey said.

The party suspended Pandey as soon as it got the information about his arrest, BJP’s Bihar unit vice-president Sanjay Mayukh said in Patna. The party also issued him a show-cause notice. “He has to reply to the charge within seven days after which the party will decide the future course of action,” Mayukh said.

Pandey is the second BJP leader to face party action in less than a week. The BJP expelled its Uttar Pradesh vice-president Dayashankar Singh on July 20 after he compared Dalit leader and four-time chief minister Mayawati to a prostitute. Uttar Pradesh is due for polls early 2017.

A liquor trader, Pandey created a stir a few years ago when he accused the then Saran deputy inspector general of police of demanding a bribe of Rs 10 crore.

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