The second wave of the COVID-19 still has most of the country in its grip. Yet there are many including influential political leaders who do not give much attention to the situation. Dharmendra Yadav, a political leader of the Samajwadi Party came out of jail on bail on the 4th of this month. He was welcomed by hundreds of supporters who then formed a convoy and travelled with him.
The police in Kanpur have taken 34 people into custody and have seized 24 vehicles including an Audi Q3 SUV, which was used by Dharmendra Yadav. The cops seized the vehicles on Sunday after a case was lodged against Zila panchayat member and Samajwadi party leader of Auraiya – Dharmendra Yadav. The cops also filed a case against 200 others at the Civil Lines police station of Etawah on Saturday under the Disaster Management Act for flouting COVID-19 protocol and taking out a procession during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yadav was banished by Auraiya district administration in March 2021 for a period of six months. Post that, he was arrested under the Gangsters’ Act from the Umarsana area. He was sent to jail. Dharmendra Yadav is an elected Zilla Panchayat member from Bhagyanagar block-4 in Auraiya in the recent elections.
Hundreds of people joined
As soon as Yadav came out of the jail, hundreds of supporters who were waiting for him joined him in a convoy. The incident happened on Friday on the Etawah-Auraiya highway. Videos of the incident showing a large number of vehicles going through the public roads in a convoy became viral. Senior Superintendent of police, Etawah, Brijesh Jumar Singh said that the police got the video in circulation and found out that supporters were raising slogans for the leader.
Yadav is a native of Auraiya and has more than two dozen cases against him including a case of an attempt to murder.
“After the registration of a case under various sections of the IPC, including 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) besides under section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act against the SP leader and his supporters at the Civil Lines police station, we formed eight police teams and seized Audi vehicle being used by Yadav and 23 other vehicles of his supporters. We also took 34 persons in custody from across Agra, Jalaun, Auraiya and Etawah district and are in the process of sending them to jail.” said the SSP.
24 vehicles seized till now
After the case was filed, the police officers formed teams to investigate. They tracked the people through the registration number of the cars and then arrested as many as 34 people. Dharmendra Yadav is on the run and is yet to get arrested. Uttar Pradesh is still under a partial lockdown to bring down the number of cases.