Nagpur/Gadchiroli: Ravindra Bawanthade, the lewd BJP leader, who was caught exploiting a woman sexually in a running bus, has been arrested along with four other persons including the bus driver and conductor. The bizarre sexual act was was captured in the CCTV installed in the bus and went viral. Bawanthade, who is General Secretary at BJP’s Gadchiroli office, had gone underground soon after the video went viral.
As the incident was exposed, the woman has alleged that Bawanthade raped her on the promise of marrying her and also assuring her job. After registering a case, police arrested the BJP leader, who is also teacher, on the night of July 3. The bus driver Sarangdhar Ramteke (30), conductor Rakesh Khobragade (20), Machhindra Sahare (29), who switched on the CCTV camera installed in the bus and Ankush Randive, who uploaded the video on social media, have been arrested on late Tuesday (July 4) night. After their arrest, the four accused were produced in a court on Wednesday.
The pervert BJP leader Bawanthade was produced in the court on Tuesday itself and was remanded to police custody till July 6.
The “sexy” video is reportedly dated June 27, when both Ravindra Bawanthade, 50, and the woman were travelling from Nagpur to Nagbhid in an ARB Travels bus (MH-33/1277). The footage from the CCTV installed in the bus shows the leader kissing and forcing himself upon her in the presence of other passengers.
The preliminary probe by police has revealed that the employees of the travel company present in the bus not only conspired to record the entire episode but also made it viral deliberately. Cops have seized the footage of the CCTV camera, hard disc and mobile phones of the accused.