New Delhi: On Friday, Indian police arrested Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta in connection with Thursday’s ransacking of a Pakistan Internation Airlines (PIA) office in New Delhi, a Times of India reported. Gupta, who heads the Hindu Sena – a group of right-wing Hindu hardliners – claimed responsibility for the vandalism at PIA’s office and vented anger at Pakistan, holding it responsible for the siege at the Pathankot air base as well as at the attack on the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif recently.
By police, “Gupta has been arrested under Sections 120B (being party to a criminal conspiracy), 147 (rioting), 149 (being the member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 427 (mischief causing damage to property)and 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) of IPC”. New Delhi DCP Jatin Narwal said, “The police are still looking for the other Hindu Sena members who were involved in the vandalizm”.
After incident, Gupta had said, “Through this act, the members of our Delhi unit have expressed their anger and sent a message to Pakistan that they should respect our sentiments and keep in mind that we are not weak”. Members of his group on Thursday vandalised the PIA office near Barakhamba Road in New Delhi, following which one person was arrested.
The Indian Express said four activists of the Hindu Sena went to all the three rooms in the office, vandalising furniture and computers. They also scattered some pamphlets while they dismantled a miniature replica of an aeroplane installed near the reception desk. A member of Hindu Sena, identified as Lalit Singh, was arrested on Thursday following the attack and efforts were underway to nab his associates.
Gupta was earlier arrested in October last year, days after he called up the police alleging that beef was being served at Kerala house canteen. The PIA office in New Delhi was vandalised 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 (LoC).