Gun brandishing case: Former BSP leader's son Ashish Pandey surrenders

New Delhi, Oct 18: Former BSP MP son Ashish Pandey who had brandished pistol at guests and threatened them in the foyer of a five-star hotel here surrendered before a court here Thursday.

"I'm being projected like I'm a wanted terrorist & police across the nation is looking for me. Look Out Circular has been issued against me. If you check CCTV footage, you'll find who went to ladies toilet that night & who threatened whom, said Ashish Pandey.

"I took the gun with me for safety. I didn't brandish it. It was hanging behind me all the time. I didn't even address that girl, she pushed me & made obscene hand gestures. I've faith in judiciary & so I decided to surrender. There is no history of police case against me, added Ashish Pandey. 

A surrender application, filed through lawyer S P M Triathi, said that Pandey, the son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) lawmaker Rakesh Pandey, has been wrongly framed in the FIR and subjected to media trial.

It further said Pandey is ready to submit before the court voluntarily and the police may be directed to take him into custody if required.

The court had Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Ashish Pandey for brandishing a pistol at guests and threatening them in the foyer of a five-star hotel here.

A video of the incident that occurred early on Sunday went viral on social media resulting in public outrage. It prompted the police to step in and launch a hunt for the accused who had gone missing after the incident. 

Earlier, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police teams raided several places Wednesday in pursuit of Ashish Pandey, who became elusive after brandishing a gun at a five-star hotel in New Delhi, even as a court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

Ashish Pandey, son of former Bahujan Samaj Party MP Rakesh Pandey, had pulled out his gun at Hyatt Regency hotel early Sunday to threaten Gaurav Kanwar, son of an ex-Congress MLA.

A UP Police officer said Pandey, a realtor from Lucknow, held licences for three firearms, which have now been suspended.

Kanwar has said in his statement to Delhi police that Pandey pulled out his gun and shouted, "I will kill you" which "scared" him to the extent that he did not approach them.

In the video, Pandey is seen in confrontation with two other guests in the foyer of the hotel.

"Raids have been carried out at various places associated with Ashish Pandey and we will be able to make the arrest soon," Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said.