I’m being projected like a wanted terrorist: BSP leader’s son surrenders in hotel brawl case

New Delhi: Former BSP leader’s son Ashish Pandey – who was seen brandishing a gun outside Delhi’s Hyatt Regency on Sunday – has approached Patiala House Court for surrender.

Additionally, Pandey released a video defending himself – wherein he said, “I’m being projected like I’m a wanted terrorist & police across the nation is looking for me. Look Out Circular has been issued against me. If you check CCTV footage, you’ll find who went to ladies toilet that night & who threatened whom.”

On Tuesday, a 90-second clip of the incident shot on a mobile phone went viral, wherein Pandey was seen waving his gun while threatening and abusing a woman. Based on the footage, a case was also registered against Pandey under the Arms Act with Delhi police launching a manhunt to nab him. A Look-Out circular, which alerts the police at borders, airports and railway stations about a wanted man, was also reportedly issued by the police.

Subsequently, the five-star hotel was served with a notice by Delhi Police’s licensing unit on Wednesday, demanding action against the hotel for not informing police about the incident and “helping the accused escape”.

Following the incident, BSP had distanced from Ashish – who is son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey. “Whoever he is, a proper investigation should be done and action should be taken. The incident doesn’t have any connection with BSP. He is neither a leader nor a member of BSP,” party’s Sudhindra Bhadoria had said.

The incident drew sharp criticism on social media with Union Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeting about it.