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Hindu Yuva Vahini Ghaziabad chief caught on video firing gun, booked

Tyagi claims the video clip is five years old; he was teaching his daughter to shoot using his licensed weapon

noida Updated: Oct 23, 2017 23:18 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The video purportedly shows Hindu Yuva Vahini Ghaziabad chief Jitendra Tyagi (left) and his associates touting guns after firing them in an open area.

Taking suo motu cognizance of a video clip, which purportedly shows the district president of Hindu Yuva Vahini firing a gun along with his minor daughter, the Ghaziabad police has booked him under provisions of the Arms Act.

The video clip of Jitendra Tyagi was widely shared on social media over the weekend and it was purported to have been shot on Diwali . A case has been lodged at Sihani Gate police station in Ghaziabad even as Tyagi claimed that the clip was almost five years old and not of this Diwali, as claimed by the police.

The police said that they have lodged an FIR under section 25 of the Arms Act against Tyagi as he was purportedly seen firing in an open area. Tyagi has said that the video was shot outside his house in Saddiqnagar-Sihani locality.

“Anyone having an arms licence is generally given the licence to use the weapon only in self-defence or threats. In case the licence holder resorts to firing in a public place, without reason, he will be held liable of the offence of misusing his firearm,” said Atish Kumar Singh, circle officer (city II).

Refuting the allegations, Tyagi said, “Some people made the video go viral stating that it was of this Diwali. I completely deny the allegations. The video was shot five years ago and my daughter was 13 years old then. I was trying to teach her to fire a weapon using my licensed pistol. The other person in the clip was my gunner at that time and he too had a valid arms licence.”

The police said that they will also recommend cancellation of the arms licence if it is confirmed that Tyagi had indeed fired the gun.

“This Diwali, I was in Lucknow and I spoke to the senior superintendent of police as soon as I came to know that such a video was being shared online. I will meet senior police officials and request them to investigate the case based on facts,” Tyagi said.

The police said that it was after the video went viral and was seen by a senior police officer that they decided to lodge an FIR.

“We had made inquiries about when the alleged video was shot. The date of the video’s origin is yet to be ascertained. However, we have lodged an FIR and booked him under the provisions of the Arms Act,”Singh said.

“There will be no arrest as of now. After the video went viral, we had to lodge a case suo motu for further investigation,” Singh said.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing organisation, was founded by Yogi Adityanath in 2002 and he is also the chief patron of the outfit.

Earlier, in March, the Ghaziabad police had booked the organisation’s district president and 100 others for violating prohibitory orders. The group had allegedly taken out a major ‘vijay yatra’ to celebrate Yogi Adityanath being was sworn in as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

In a similar incident, on the day of Dussehra, dozens of men and women resorted to open firing at the Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad. They said that it was their ritual to check their licensed firearms by firing in the air.

A day later, the police ordered an inquiry and later lodged an FIR against unidentified persons seen in the video. The video was also widely shared online and Hindu outfits had “dared police to make an arrest” in the case. So far, no arrest has been made.

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 23:18 IST