Video | Agra woman takes on politician’s entourage

A woman in Agra smashed the windscreen of a Samajwadi Party leader’s Mercedes SUV and sat atop the car on a busy street after one of his bodyguards allegedly winked at her, with a video of the incident going viral on Tuesday.
Updated on May 19, 2015 04:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Agra

A woman from Agra became a sensation on social media after a viral video showed her smashing the windscreen of a Samajwadi Party leader’s Mercedes SUV and sitting atop the vehicle on a busy street after one of his bodyguards allegedly winked at her.

Woman's response to being winked at by SP leader's bodyguard in Agra that's gone viral

Sakshi Pandey, 23, and her sister Jyoti Pandey were on a scooter near Shahdara Chungi on Sunday when the bodyguard sitting in a vehicle in SP leader Abhinav Sharma’s motorcade allegedly winked at the women and made obscene gestures.

Angered by the bodyguard’s act, one of the sisters took his photo with her mobile phone. The women then overtook the motorcade and stopped Sharma’s Mercedes M-Class SUV.

They complained to Sharma about the bodyguard but the leader’s security personnel snatched the mobile phone and smashed it. The security detail allegedly tried to manhandle the sisters.

Sakshi then ripped the SP flag off the SUV and smashed the windscreen. The women also broke other windows of the car and Sakshi clambered atop the bonnet and sat there for some time as a large crowd gathered in the area.

The women, who were out to buy medicines for Jyoti’s son, said they would not leave till Sharma apologised. Sakshi challenged Sharma and his bodyguards to emerge from the car and face her.

A video of Sakshi sitting on the SUV’s bonnet and protesting as traffic came to a halt went viral on social media on Tuesday.

Police officials intervened to bring the situation under control. The women were offered Rs 6,500 for the mobile smashed by Sharma’s security detail.

Agra Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar Singh said police could not do anything as no complaint was received from the women or Sharma. “Once a complaint is received, police will conduct an investigation and take action,” he said.

The sisters evaded the media after the video went viral. They said they did not want to take any action because Sharma had apologised and paid for the smashed mobile phone.

Sharma, who contested assembly polls in 2012 as an SP candidate, denied his bodyguard had made any obscene gestures and said the women’s scooter had brushed his SUV.

“We have removed the guard named Vijay said to be responsible for this episode,” he said.

“One of the girls even attacked me and I got injuries on my neck when the chain in my neck was snatched. Still, I didn’t complaint despite my car being damaged,” he added.

Sharma had lost corporation elections in 2006 and the assembly elections six years later. Senior SP leaders in Lucknow disowned him as a leader of the party. The party also distanced itself from the issue.

BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur said women were “totally unsafe” in Uttar Pradesh. He said the ruling SP should take action against its leader.

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