Threat of action looms large on BSP leaders after Lko police include case under Posco Act against them

Lucknow : After arrest of expelled BJP leader Dayashanker Singh, now Lucknow police has focused its attention on the charges against the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) leaders with threat of their arrest looms large after sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act of 2012 was added in the FIR lodged against BSP supremo Mayawati and other senior leaders, including party's national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui. The FIR was registered on charges of alleged lewd remarks targeting expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh's family members, particularly her minor daughter, during a protest in the city on July 21. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Lucknow, Ms Manzil Saini said here today that she was investigating the matter and the CD of the entire BSP protest is being checked for further action. She, however, did not rule out arrest of the BSP leaders .

" Let us check the CD first then only we can say anything," she told reporters. Ms Manjil said sub-section 1 of section 11 of the Pocso Act has been included in the FIR which was lodged by expelled BJP leader Dayashankar's mother Tetra Devi and wife Swati Singh in connection with the July 21 demonstration of the BSP in which protesters shouted the alleged slogans. As per sub section (1) of section 11 of Pocso Act of 2012, a person is said to commit sexual harassment on a child when such person utters any word or makes any sound, or makes any gesture or exhibits any object or part of body with the intention that such word or sound shall be heard, or such gesture or object or part of body shall be seen by the child. The FIR (Case Crime Number 458 / 16) lodged on July 22 till now included Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 153(A) (Promoting enmity on grounds of religion, race etc), 504 (Intentional insult to provoke breach of peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (Uttering any word intended to insult the modesty of a woman, etc). Yesterday, investigating officer (IO) of the case, Durga Dutt Singh, recorded the statements of Swati Singh, wife of Dayashanker, at her residence where she narrated how the statements made by the BSP leaders and protestors had taken their toll on her 12-year-old daughter.

"I told the IO how my daughter took ill after she heard the slogans being raised against her on news channels. She locked herself in the room and refused to talk to anyone," Swati said while talking to reporters here today about her statements to the police. The incident took such a heavy toll on the child that she had to be taken to a doctor and was under medical treatment, Swati claimed. Dayashankar's family had earlier met UP governor Ram Naik and submitted a memorandum demanding slapping of the provisions of Pocso Act on BSP leaders. Taking serious note of the memorandum, Naik sought the CD of July 21 demonstration of BSP in Lucknow from the DGP Javeed Ahmed to ascertain facts about slogans raised against the family members of the expelled vice-president of the BSP, Daya Shankar Singh who was arrested on Friday last for his objectionable comments against BSP supremo Mayawati and is in jail at present . Meanwhile, Dayashanker has moved a bail petition in the Mau district court which would be heard today. 

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