Lucknow police have claimed to have identified the bees that attacked the Bahujan Samaj Party rally here on Monday and got closer to the people who triggered the attack.
The rally also showcased BSP boss and Chief Minister Mayawati’s Dalit constituency and attracted publicity for a multi-crore garland that Mayawati’s followers had gifted her.
On Wednesday night, the police lodged a first information report against unknown persons for lighting a fire in the bushes on the campus of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) University, near the rally venue on the southwestern fringe of the city.
The FIR was lodged after Mayawati reiterated at her Wednesday meeting that the bee attack was a conspiracy by opposition parties. She said, “Some people lit a fire under a beehive on the campus to create a stampede, kill people and disrupt the rally.” The CM was seen taking a good look around before beginning her speech.
DIG Lucknow Rajiv Krishna said, “It was not a natural fire. There is a possibility that someone lit it to disturb a nearby beehive and disrupt the rally”.
“Those were bigger bees, normally found in forests, and not in residential areas. They came from the bushes on the university campus,” said a senior police official.
University officials said there was no bee hive on the campus.
Monday’s rally had the most unlikely fallout on Thursday, with Principal Secretary (Information) Vijay Shankar Pandey being transferred to medical and health services.
Pandey, who also additional cabinet secretary and the chief minister’s principal secretary, was reportedly held responsible for the negative publicity that the multi-crore garland had triggered.