Attack on Manoj Tiwari’s house: 5 more arrested, booked for culpable homicide
A day after two brothers were arrested for allegedly breaking into the house of Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and assaulted his staff shortly after midnight on Sunday, the Delhi Police have charged them with rioting and attempt to commit culpable homicide.
In addition to this, five more people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the case that is now being probed from a ‘conspiracy’ angle. With this the total number of people arrested so far in the case has reached seven. Senior police officers claimed that four to five suspects are still absconding.
After the initial probe, police had claimed that the assault on Tiwari’s staff and attack on his house was in retaliation to a road rage dispute. However, they later shifted their probe to the possibility of a conspiracy against the parliamentarian after examining the CCTV footage.
A Delhi Police assistant sub-inspector (ASI), who was seen in the video footage accompanying the attackers into Tiwari’s house, was suspended on Tuesday.
The five arrested on Tuesday were identified as Jagdish Kumar, who claimed to be a cook at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, his cousin Sunil Kumar, and three associates Parshu Ram, Pradeep, and Om Prakash. Jagdish is the brother of Jai Kumar and Jaswant, who were arrested from the crime scene.
Ironically, Jagdish was present at the North Avenue police station along with his associates throughout the day on Monday and even met the police officials but was not arrested.
Braja Kishore Singh, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi), said that the five were arrested after their investigating team scanned the video footage and identified the attackers. “Those arrested on Monday were caught from the crime scene. We nabbed five more after we identified them through the CCTV footage in which they were seen carrying laathis and rods and breaking into the MP’s house,” said the DCP. The police have also seized a tempo, two motorcycles and a car in which the attackers arrived.
Around 1am on Monday, Tiwari’s driver, while driving a Scorpio, allegedly hit the WagonR car being driven by Jai Kumar some 10 metres from the MP’s residence. The WagonR car overturned and the driver was injured. Tiwari was not inside the car at the time.
An argument broke out between the occupants of the two cars. Tiwari’s men left the scene and went inside the MP’s house. Jai Kumar called his family members and associates. Together, they entered the house.
They assaulted Tiwari’s personal assistant Abhinav and cook Ashok Pathak. The attackers allegedly ransacked Tiwari’s office and bedroom, said police.
On Tuesday, a team of the special cell on Tuesday visited Tiwari’s house to evaluate the risk the parliamentarian has after the Sunday’s attack. The vulnerability analysis on Tiwari was conducted after he wrote a letter to the Delhi Police commissioner and asked for security enhancement, said a police officer.
“I have been seeking security upgrade for long. After the early Sunday morning incident, a letter has again been written to the Delhi Police asking for security enhancement at my residence after reviewing threat perception,” said Tiwari, president, Delhi BJP. Sources say Tiwari’s present X-category security may be upgraded to Z-category.