[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a video recorded at a five-star hotel on Monday, a former BSP leader’s son can be seen waving his gun while threatening and abusing a woman.
The incident took place at 3.40 am on Sunday, after a party. On the basis of the viral video, a case has been registered under the Arms Act and the Delhi Police has launched a manhunt to nab the accused.
The man is Ashish Pandey, the son of Uttar Pradesh politician Rakesh Pandey, a former parliamentarian of Mayawati’s BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party). His brother Ritesh is a BSP lawmaker.
In the 90-second clip shot on a mobile phone, Pandey, wearing a black T-shirt and pink trousers, can be seen with a gun at the entrance of a noted south Delhi hotel. As per the video, it seems that he was threatening and hurling abuses at a couple even as the hotel staff tried to calm him down. The argument started allegedly after the woman objected to him walking into the women’s washroom. Later, Pandey’s woman friend joined the accused in intimidating the couple. Pandey is then dragged away by the hotel staff as he continues to shout expletives and threats. When he finally sits in his car, three women with him laugh and shout at the woman who was targeted by Pandey.
The BSP distanced itself from Ashish 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,” said the party’s Sudhindra Bhadoria.
The video has provoked outrage and disgust on social media. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has also tweeted about it.
“Delhi Police has initiated action on this incident which is also being shown in the media. FIR has been registered under Arms Act and IPC. Strong and appropriate action will be taken. Also verifying the identity of others,” Rijiju tweeted.
A Look-Out circular, which alerts the police at borders, airports and railway stations about a wanted man, has been issued.
“No complain was lodged by the victim and the hotel staff on the same day. There is negligence on the part of three parties – the victim, hotel authorities and the accused,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Ajay Chaudhary.