Chitrakoot: A junior engineer of Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly sexually exploiting children and posting videos and photographs.
The investigating agency arrested the JE (40) on Tuesday evening, police sources said on Wednesday.
The accused JE Ram Bhawan exploited at least 50 children in the 5-16 age-group over 10 years in the Bundelkhand districts of Chitrakoot, Banda and Hamirpur.
He was arrested from Karvi town of Chitrakoot, where he was posted. The State Irrigation Department has also suspended the JE immediately after his arrest.
During searches at his two residences in neighbouring Banda, CBI seized eight mobile phones, Rs 8 lakh in cash, sex toys, laptops and unearthed digital evidence of child sexual abuse material, sources said.
An FIR was registered against the accused in the Delhi special crime branch unit of CBI last week. Sources said CBI will seek police custody as they believe he was not acting alone.