New Delhi, July 22: Bahuja Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati was charged with criminal conspiracy, intimidation and promoting enmity by former BJP leader Dayashankar Singh’s family. The FIR was registered at Hazratganj police station, Lucknow a day after BSP leaders and party workers launched protests demanding Singh’s arrest. Also Read - 9 PM 9 Minutes: TMC Leader Warns Against Switching off Lights, BJP Calls it Intimidation Tactic

Mayawati and her senior party leaders have been charged under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), 506 (intimidation), and 153A (promoting enmity between groups) of the Indian Penal Code. Singh’s family accused the BSP leaders of harassing and using foul language against his daughter. “My daughter, who is a minor, is in a state of shock after the incident. I will definitely lodge an FIR against Mayawati and other party leaders and fight a legal battle,” his wife told reporters. Also Read - Youth Shot Dead in UP's Prayagraj, Blamed Tablighi Jamaat of Spreading COVID-19

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Police, on Thursday detained his brother, Dharmendra Singh and question him about Dayashankar’s whereabouts. The latter is on the run from authorities after he made derogatory comments against BSP supremo Mayawati, comparing her to a prostitute on Wednesday. His remarks sparked a major outrage and BSP mobilised its party workers and leaders within a day and staged protests across the state.

The protest was later called off after police assured BSP of Singh’s arrest within 36 hours. BSP leaders are charged under the same sections that Singh was charged under by BSP on Thursday.