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Vijay Raaz arrested for ‘molesting’ film crew member, released on bail later

Gondia Additional Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni told The Indian Express that the woman came to the police with the complaint on Monday night, saying she was molested by Vijay Raaz in a hotel where the film crew is staying,

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Updated: November 4, 2020 10:54:29 am
Vijay Raaz arrested for 'molesting' film crew member, released on bail laterVijay Raaz's Sherni is being shot in the jungles of Balaghat. (Photo: Instagram/vijayraaz)

The Gondia Police on Tuesday arrested actor Vijay Raaz on the basis of a complaint by a crew member of the Bollywood film Sherni, which is being shot in the jungles of Balaghat, about 40 km away in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.

“The woman came to us with the complaint on Monday night, saying she was molested by Vijay Raaz in a hotel where the film crew is staying. Based on her complaint, we lodged an FIR and arrested Raaz on Tuesday morning. A local court later granted him conditional bail,” Gondia Additional Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni told The Indian Express.

Sherni is based on the story of Pandharkawda ‘problem tigress’ T1, nicknamed Avni, which was shot dead on November 2, 2018. Actor Vidya Balan is playing the role of the divisional forest officer who had handled the operation to catch Avni. Balan was also in Gondia for the film shoot.

“We collected evidence of the incident and then proceeded to arrest Raaz,” Kulkarni said, adding, “There are eye-witnesses from the crew who have spoken to us about the accusation being true.”

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