Parliament security breach: Mastermind Lalit Jha arrested by Delhi Police

New Delhi: In the matter of the Parliament security breach Delhi Police today reportedly arrested Lalit Mohan Jha. He is said to be the mastermind behind the smoke cannister incident of December 13. He is the fifth accused of this matter.

The Parliament security breach accused, Lalit Mohan Jha came to the police station on his own. He is being interrogated: Delhi Police, ANI mentioned in a X post on Thursday.

Manoranjan D., Sagar Sharma, Neelam Azad, Amol Shinde, and Lalit Jha are the main accused persons of this case. Earlier, the other four accused persons had been arrested on Wednesday.

The case registered against them and Jha, a native of Bihar, at the Parliament Street police station invokes Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 452 (trespassing), 153 (provocation with intent to cause a riot), 186 (obstructing public servants in the discharge of public functions), and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servants from duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with Sections 16 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

According to sources, the five main accused had reportedly spent the night before the incident at the residence of a person named Vikram alias Vicky Sharma in Sector 7, Gurugram. They had left the house at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Vikram and his wife Rakhi, who were detained in connection with the case, were let go on Thursday evening after hours of questioning.

As per a source, Jha took away the mobile phones of the four other accused just before executing their plan and made a hasty getaway.

He also reportedly filmed the protest by Amol and Neelam outside the Parliament and shared it with a person named Nilakkha Aich, who is linked to an NGO (Samovadi Subash) in West Bengal.

As per sources, a team from the Special Cell of Delhi Police is expected to go to West Bengal to question Aich, a second-year undergraduate student at a reputed college in the state.

All the five accused involved in the security breach were connected through the ‘Bhagat Singh Fan Club’ page on Facebook, sources privy to the probe told, adding that the investigators suspect that they were being directed by someone both before and during the act.

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