Parliament security breach: Close aide of ‘mastermind’ Lalit Jha arrested

NEW DELHI | Updated: 16 December, 2023 3:27 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Following the security breach at the Parliament, Mahesh Kumawat, aide of the prime accused Lalit Jha, was arrested by the Delhi Police, on Saturday.

Upon being presented in front of the Patiala House Court, Kumawat said that he was unaware of the grounds of his arrest. “I am a ninth pass and do not know legal things. I don’t know why I have been arrested,” he said.

Earlier, both Jha and Kumawat had surrendered in front of the Kartavyapath Police Station on Friday. Presently, the latter is slated to be presented before a bench at Patiala House court with the Special Cell planning to ask for a 15-day remand.



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Presently, the court has sent Kumawat to seven days remand.

According to police sources, Kumawat’s social media was being closely surveilled to figure out their plan of action and the possibility of a deeper conspiracy. While monitoring his Instagram account, the police found out that he was trying to provoke the youth through anti-government videos featuring revolutionaries.

One of his posts on the social networking platform said, “Satta nahi, vyavastha badlo. Inquilab Zindabad! (Change the situation, not the seat. Long live the revolution)” This was the last post published on the profile, which hinted at a possible state of anarchy being brought forth by the accused.

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According to sources, Kumawat had aided Jha to escape the premises of the Parliament, after four of the intruders were apprehended by the police. It has also been ascertained that he was primary in inciting the youth, and was providing “much more than logistical support”.

Presently, one of the accused, Neelam Devi has been taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for a medical check-up, following which she will be taken to her residence at Jind district in Haryana.

On the other hand, the police also found out that the intruders had known each other for five years.



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During the interrogation of the accused, the police found out that Amol Shinde, one of the intruders, had purchased the smoke canisters and chemicals from Mumbai, in November. It was further illustrated that the idea of one of the intruders immolating themselves was never “a serious idea”.

The Delhi Police has lodged a case under Section 120B of the IPC and sections under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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