Ex-BJP leader Dayashankar still missing, wife gets police security

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jul 23, 2016 22:58 IST
BJP workers protest against BSP general secretary Nasimuddin Siddqui over his comments on Dayashankar’s family members, in Mirzapur on Saturday. (PTI)

City police provided security to Swati Singh, the wife of expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh, on Saturday, a day after she claimed her life and that of her family’s was under threat.

An armed police personnel was deployed while local intelligence unit (LIU) sleuths conducted a survey to determine further deployment at the Singh’s residence in Ashiana locality in Lucknow.

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Dayashankar has been in the wind since his expulsion from the saffron party for the derogatory remarks he made against Mayawati.

“We have deployed a police gunner for Swati Singh’s security soon after receiving request for security due to apprehension of a life threat from BSP leaders and supporters following her husband Dayashankar Singh’s controversial remark,” said Manzil Saini, senior superintendent of police of Lucknow.

Saini said Swati demanded at least 10 police personnel for her family’s security, though LIU officials were assessing the threat perception.

Sources said the city police teams continued raiding different places in east Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to apprehend Dayashankar who disappeared after an FIR was lodged against him at Hazratganj police station on Wednesday. Police failed to track him down amid rumours that he planned to surrender in court.

The former state BJP vice-president triggered a political storm when he called the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief a prostitute, leading to a largescale protest by BSP workers demanding his arrest the next day.

The furore comes ahead of the all-important state assembly polls early next year.

The expelled BJP leader’s mother Tetra Devi lodged a counter FIR against Mayawati and three other senior BSP leaders, including its national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui, for making derogatory remarks against the female members of Singh’s family. The BSP leaders and supporters had allegedly made the remarks during a protest, and even spoke of his 12-year-old daughter.

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