Patna: Just days after Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian Daya Shankar Singh was suspended from the party for calling former UP Chief Minister Mayawati a 'prostitute', another saffron leader was kicked out of the party on Sunday after an FIR was filed against him for attempting to molest a 12-year old girl in a running train.
Tunnaji Pandey, a BJP legislator from Siwan with a long criminal record, was taken into custody at Hajipur railway station after the parents of a 12-year old girl told the police that Pandey tried to molest their daughter as she slept in an adjacent berth.
The alleged incident occurred in Howrah-Gorakhpur Purvanchal Express. According to the police report, Pandey, who was traveling from Howrah to Hajipur, woke up early Sunday morning and started to grope the girl who was fast asleep on her designated berth. She woke up and screamed after which the parents called the security guards in the train and filed a complaint.
The report further said that the BJP legislator also tried to lure the girl into the bathroom with the intent to molest her.
Party state Vice President Sanjay Mayukh said that Pandey was suspended from the party effective immediately and an explanation was being sought from him about the whole sordid incident.
Hajipur railway official Sanjay Singh said police were investigating the case.
It may be recalled that Pandey, a liquor baron in the Eastern Uttar Pradesh, had lodged a case against the then Saran DIG Alok Kumar of demanding Rs. 10 crore from him for giving him permit to open liquor outlets in Saran, Siwan, and Gopalganj.
After an internal investigation, the DIG was suspended on charges of corruption and intimidating Pandey of dire consequences if he failed to pay up the extortion demand.
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