Pink Pants Pandey's gun licence being revoked, UP DGP tells us
Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh has said the police will not bow down to any political pressure in the case relating to the former BSP MP's son who waved a gun at a five-star hotel last week.
In an exclusive interview to IndiaToday.in, DGP Singh said the UP Police and the Delhi Police have formed teams to arrest Ashish Pandey, son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Rakesh Pandey, after a video clip had surfaced on Tuesday which showed him brandishing a gun and abusing a couple in the porch of the hotel.
Asked whether the police have spoken with Ashish Pandey's father, brother Ritesh Pandey, other members of his family and friends, OP Singh said the UP Police has not spoken with them as it is capable of tracking his movements.
He said the police are keeping a track of Ashish Pandey's movements. "We have got some vital information about the movements of the accused but would not divulge it," he said.
Ashish Pandey's brother Ritesh Pandey is a sitting BSP MLA from Jalalpur in Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.
Asked if the police would get influenced by Ashish Paney's political connections as his father and brother are BSP leaders, OP Singh said, "We will not bow down to any political pressure. Whatever will be done will be as per law," he said.
In the video clip which went viral yesterday (October 16), Ashish Pandey is seen threatening the couple and hurling abuses at them along with his women friends outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The incident is reported to have taken place in the intervening Saturday and Sunday night.
The UP DGP said the police have initiated the process to cancel Ashish Pandey's arms licence. He confirmed that Ashish Pandey got the licence of a pistol in the year 2000 from Ambedka Nagar district.
Asked whether Ashish Pandey was carrying a licenced pistol, OP Singh said, "At the moment we cannot say whether he was carrying a licenced pistol or not. We will come to know about it once he is apprehended."
The UP DGP informed that the police have alerted the border districts to stop Ashish Pandey from fleeing to Nepal.
He said both the Delhi Police and the Uttar Pradesh Police are gathering information on Ashish Pandey's movements and his likely whereabouts.
The Delhi Police teams are in Lucknow and the UP Police is extending all help to it. On it part, the UP Police has constituted three teams - from the Lucknow Police and Special Task Force.
"We are working on his arrest. We are quite hopeful of achieving success," he said.