Bhadohi’s BJP MLA Ravindranath Tripathi has been booked for rape on Wednesday. The MLA as well as his three sons and nephews have also been charged. In the city’s Kotwali police station, cases have been registered in various sections including the victimized woman gangrape.

On February 10, a woman from Varanasi had called her to the hotel during the assembly elections and accused of rape. SP Ram Badan Singh formed a team to investigate as soon as allegations were made. The BJP is feared to have increased difficulties due to the allegation of rape on another MLA from the ruling party.

On February 10, a widow from Varanasi met the SP and alleged that she had met Sandeep Tiwari, nephew of Ravindra Tripathi, on the train while traveling to Mumbai. After this, both of them started talking by phone. A few days later, Sandeep made a physical connection at a hotel in Varanasi by promising marriage. During the 2017 assembly elections, he was called from Mumbai and kept in separate rooms for a month in a hotel on Station Road in Bhadohi. During this period, Rabindranath Tripathi and his sons and nephews also raped. The two-month-old baby who was born in the womb was also forcefully dropped. Now he started threatening to kill on asking for marriage.

On the woman’s charge, the SP ordered the ASP to investigate. Based on the investigation report, seven people including MLA have been booked in Bhadohi Kotwali. City Kotwal Srikant Rai said that a case has been registered against IPC Section 376D, 313 504 506 of Ravindranath Tripathi, his three sons Nilesh, Prakash, Deepak and his nephews JP members Sachin, Chandrabhushan and Sandeep Tiwari.

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