PATNA: The Maharashtra police have arrested Bhojpuri actor Manoj Pandey in connection with a rape case, police said today.
The actor who hails from Uttar Pradesh is accused of luring a girl and allegedly raping her on the pretext of giving her work in the film.
The arrest followed after the victim filed a formal case against Pandey with the Charkp police station.
The woman who claimed to be in a live-in relationship with the actor for five years filed the complaint on September 15 against the actor, according to an ANI report.
In her statement, the woman claims that the actor raped her for years, on the pretext of marrying her.
According to the victim, the accused tortured her and forced to abort her pregnancy when she pressurized for marriage.
The accused has acted in Bhojpuri movies like ‘Laharia Luta-E Rajaji’, ‘Saugandh Ganga Maiya Ke’, ‘Kaisan Piyawa Ke Charitar Ba’, ‘Balia ke Dabangai’ and ‘Lal Chunaria Wali’.
The Bhojpuri film industry caters to around 200 million people who speak the Bhojpuri languages in twin states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.