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Police arrest Hindu Sena chief for attack on Pakistan Airlines office in Delhi

India TV News Desk 15 Jan 2016, 22:47:16 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: The Delhi police today arrested Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta in connection with the vandalism of Pakistan International Airlines' Delhi office by members of the outfit yesterday.

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, said police.

"The police are still looking for the other Hindu Sena members who were involved in the vandalizm," DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said.

On Thursday, four members of Hindu Sena, a fringe right-wing group, ransacked the fifth floor office of Pakistan International Airlines at Narayan Manzil in Barakhamba Road around 3.15pm, damaging computers, furniture and other items.

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

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.

Owning responsibility for the attack, Vishnu Gupta vented anger at Pakistan and held 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.

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.

Meanwhile, India's Ministry of External Affairs has asked Delhi Police to strengthen the security around the airline's office. "MEA has directed the police to beef up security near and around the PIA office," the ministry spokesperson said today. 

The Pakistan High Commission had earlier asked the MEA to provide adequate security to the PIA offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as to take action against the miscreants.

(With PTI inputs)