New Delhi: Delhi Police have booked Ashish Pandey, son for former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Rakesh Pandey after a video of him brandishing a gun outside a five-star hotel in the national capital went viral. The incident reportedly took place outside Hyatt Residency Hotel on Saturday.
A complaint about the incident was received by the police Monday from the assistant security manager of Hyatt Regency Hotel in RK Puram, following which a Look Out Circular (LOC) was issued, they said.
An FIR was registered in the case, a senior police officer said.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the police had initiated action in the case.
“The Delhi Police has initiated action on this incident which is also being shown in the media. An FIR has been registered under the Arms Act and the IPC. Strong and appropriate action will be taken. Also verifying the identity of others,” the minister tweeted.
The Hyatt Residency on Tuesday released a statement relating to the incident, saying that safety and security of guests is its primary concern.
“At Hyatt Regency Delhi and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts across the world, the safety and security of our guests is our primary concern. To that end, we employ a wide range of physical security measures and security protocols customised to the needs and environment in which each hotel is operating. We take the incident that occurred at Hyatt Residency Delhi on seriously and have been working with the local police authorities on the same. We assure our support and will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities in reference to any further investigation on this matter,” the statement read.
In the viral video, Ashish can be seen threatening a couple allegedly over parking. The suspect can be heard abusing the man even as the hotel staff attempts to calm him down. He is then joined by a woman friend who also threatens the victim.
Ashish hails from Lucknow. He is the brother of Ritesh Pandey, a sitting BSP MLA from Jalalpur in Ambedkar Nagar, UP.
The victim told a news channel that the man with the gun walked up to him and hurled abuses.
“A man with a gun hurled abuses at us and walked up threateningly. I was intimidated and scared. The hotel staff were present at the spot. They tried to intervene but could not as they were also scared,” the victim claimed.
The police said it had issued a Look Out Circular and also contacted their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh.
Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Ajay Chaudhary said on the incident took place on October 14 at 3.40 am.
“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,” he said.
“The police have registered a case. We are coordinating with the UP Police and teams are looking out for him. We have added the relevant sections based on the video. A Look Out Circular has been opened up for him,” he said.
He said the police are also trying to trace the victim.
Distancing itself from the incident, the BSP said that action should taken against the wrongdoer, adding that the incident doesn’t have any connection with the party.
“Whosoever he is, 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 party leader Sudhindra Bhadoria.
Reacting to the incident, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra Tuesday expressed serious concern over the law and order situation in the city.
“I really fear for the safety of our children and the people of our city, the capital of our country,” he said in a Facebook post.
“What is the Law and Order prevailing and who is accountable? Has the Chief Minister seen what is existing and will they make an example of this insane behaviour with guns and profanity?” he said.
Vadra also posted a few pictures of the incident showing a young man wearing pink trousers brandishing a gun at the hotel.
“There were a bunch of children having dinner at the hotel and other friends, earlier… God help us,” he said in the post.
Without naming anyone, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that everyone’s priority is not law and order but to frame AAP MLAs in fake cases.
“Law and order is no one’s priority. Priority is to frame AAP MLAs in fake cases. The day law and order is made priority, it’ll be on right track. It’s a 5-star hotel in VIP area, how did this happen?” he asked.