Chitrakoot: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has identified 10 more victims who were allegedly sexually abused by Uttar Pradesh-based engineer Ram Bhuwan, officials said.
Bhuwan had served in the state’s irrigation department before he was suspended and arrested on charges of sexual abuse. His wife is a suspected accomplice, in the case.
The 50-year-old engineer has been accused of abusing around 50 children in the age group of 4-16 years in three adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh –Hamirpur, Banda, Chitrakoot — for over a decade. He has also been accused of selling videos of the crime on the dark web.
The CBI had earlier arrested another accused from the national capital. The accused, whose identity is being kept as a secret by the CBI, is understood to be an important link in unravelling the mystery behind how Bhuwan used the dark web to sell child sexual abuse material.
The agency has so far identified around 35 victims and is in the process of identifying others, officials said adding that the CBI is also working on deciphering digital evidence recovered from Bhuwan’s residence.
The agency had recently filed its chargesheet before a special court in Banda in which it had presented statements of about 25 victims, all males, aged between 4-22 years.