After 8-month run, BJP ex-member surrenders
Chandigarh: Having evaded arrest for eight months, former BJP working committee member and advisory panel of railways member Rekha Tandon surrendered before Loharu police in Bhiwani district on Monday.
Tandon is accused of a conspiracy which led to a statue of B R Ambedkar in Loharu being defaced ahead of his birth anniversary and cobbler shops being set on fire.
She as among the four persons who were identified by police. Three others are Sandeep Kumar and Pardeep Kumar of Naraungabad and Rahul Kumar of Dadri Gate. They were arrested within a week of the incident. They are out on bail.
The SHO of Loharu police station, Kuldeep Singh, said Rekha joined investigation on Sunday night. “Since there was sufficient evidence against her, she was arrested. Soon after the arrest, she was produced before the duty magistrate, who remanded her in judicial custody. She will be produced before court on December 14,” Kuldeep said.
The incident took place in April. The accused allegedly blackened the face of Ambedkar’s statue and set cobblers’ shops on fire ahead of Ambedkar Jayanti. It triggered unrest among Dalits. In the meanwhile, some people had also distributed incriminating anti-Dalit hand bills in the town. Police had arrested Sandeep, Pardeep and Rahul as they were identified by locals. During their interrogation, police came to known of Rekha’s involvement.