Former BJP Uttar Pradesh vice-president Dayashankar Singh, who was expelled from the party for comparing BSP chief Mayawati to a prostitute, was on Friday arrested in Buxar by a joint team of the UP Special Task Force and the Bihar Police.
Later in the day, Singh was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Mau, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody, Circle Officer, Mau City, Pankaj Kumar Singh said.
Police said he was on his way to a relative’s place when he was arrested. In Bihar, Singh had been staying at a relative’s house ever since he returned from Deoghar, Jharkhand, two days ago, police said.
Singh, who hails from Chhotka Rajpur village under Buxar’s Simri block, had also offered a puja at a Deoghar temple on July 24. A temple priest had uploaded a photo of Singh offering the puja on Facebook, which alerted the police of his whereabouts.
Buxar Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar Sharma confirmed Singh’s arrest from Chini Mil mohalla. “We are yet to question his relatives. We had information that he was staying here, and we had been coordinating with the UP STF for the last four days,” the SP said.
Buxar police sources said the UP STF had been tracking Singh ever since they learnt about him offering a puja at the temple. “As he hails from Buxar, he has several relatives here. We arrested him after receiving a tip-off,” said a senior police officer.
Singh’s family had so far claimed they were not aware of his whereabouts. The priest who helped Dayashankar perform the puja, and who uploaded his picture on Facebook, had told The Indian Express he was only doing his job.
Dayashankar had been booked under IPC sections 504, 509, 153A and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act at Hazratganj police station on July 20 on the basis of a complaint filed by a BSP functionary. The FIR has since been transferred to Mau’s Kotwali police station as Singh had made the remark there.
He had moved the Allahabad High Court seeking that the FIR be quashed. The High Court had heard the petition on Thursday and sought a response from the state government, which had said his custodial interrogation was required. The next date of hearing was fixed for August 8.
Mayawati said Dayashankar would not have been arrested if the High Court had not declined to stay his arrest while hearing his petition on Thursday. She said the UP police had been aware of “his whereabouts and movement from the first day but did not arrest him because of an understanding between the BJP and the SP”.