Chief of right-wing Hindu Organization arrested in Delhi

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Police in Delhi have arrested the chief of right wing organization Hindu Sena, Vishnu Gupta in connection with the vandalism of Pakistan International Airlines office by the members of the group.

Police later arrested one member of the group, who was identified as Lalit Singh, while three others fled.

Senior police officer Jatin Narwal said that the police are still looking for the other Hindu Sena members who were involved in the vandalism.

Owning responsibility of the incident, Mr Gupta had vented anger at Pakistan holding it responsible for the attacks at Pathankot air base as well as at the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif recently.

Mr Gupta was also arrested last October, days after his complaint that beef was being served at Kerala House canteen here was found to be false.

The members also left pamphlets which said, “There should be no talks with Pakistan unless they take stern action against people who have caused damage to India and hand over people like Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed to India.”

The incident prompted Islamabad to take up the issue with the Ministry of External Affairs.

The four activists of Hindu Sena went to all the three rooms in the office, vandalizing furniture and computers. They also scattered some pamphlets while they dismantled a miniature replica of an airplane installed near the reception desk.

The arrested person has been identified as Lalit Singh, who is a member of Hindu Sena. Efforts are on to nab his associates, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal told reporters.

The outfit blamed Pakistan in connection with the attacks at Pathankot and the Indian consulate in Afghanistan.

According to the police, the incident took place around 3.15 PM when four Hindu Sena members entered the premises of PIA’s city office on the fifth floor of Narayan Manzil in the outer fringes of Connaught Place.

Owning responsibility for the incident, Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta said, through this act, the members of their Delhi unit have expressed their anger and sent a message to Pakistan that they should respect our sentiments and keep in mind that they are not weak.

The PIA office here was vandalized in August 2013 too allegedly by a right wing group in the wake of the death of an Indian soldier in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan forces along the Line of Control.

The Pakistan High Commission immediately took up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs, asking them to provide adequate security to the PIA offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as to take action against the miscreants, a spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.