The BJP on Sunday suspended its legislator Tunnaji Pandey after he was arrested for allegedly eve teasing a minor girl in a running train in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
The incident reportedly took place on board Poorvanchal Express, near Sarai Railway station.
Sanjay Singh, GRP, Hajipur said “the girl was sleeping in a train berth, Tunna tried and molested her. He also tried to take her to the bathroom.”
The parents complained that Pandey had allegedly kissed their daughter in an AC-2 coach around 3 AM and asked her to come to the toilet with him when the train was near Sarai station close to Hajipur junction, he said.
The frightened girl raised an alarm following which, the parents who had their berth elsewhere in the compartment rushed to her.
Based on the complaint, the BJP lawmaker was arrested and is likely to be produced before the magistrate today.
Pandey has, however,denied allegations. He said “I was just taking out my phone charger,didn’t even know whether it was a girl who was sleeping or a boy.”
Tunna was suspended from BJP on Sunday after his arrest as reported by Sanjay Mayukh, state BJP leader.
“BJP has also issued a show-cause notice to Tunnaji Pandey in this connection,” he said.
Tunna has been sent to judicial custody till August 6.
After watching it on TV we suspended him with immediate effect: Sushil Modi ,BJP on Tunna Pandey pic.twitter.com/gl71bEACIF
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Mr Pandey boarded the train from Durgapur and had to get down at Hajipur, while the woman was going to Gorakhpur.
Pandey, a criminal-turned-politician, is also known to be a member of liquor mafia of Uttar Pradesh.
He also had liquor business in Bihar before a total prohibition was imposed in the state on April 5.