Sixth accused in the Parliament security breach case, Mahesh Kumawat, was taken into custody by the Delhi Police on Saturday after it was established by officials that he was involved in the whole scheme. The questioning lasted for hours before the arrest was made.
Mahesh, a resident of the Nagaur district of Rajasthan, had also come to Delhi on December 13 when two persons jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the visitors’ gallery, setting off smoke canisters and sending a nationwide shock.
The main conspirator, Lalit Jha, had fled from Delhi to Mahesh’s hideout in Rajasthan following the incident. According to police sources, Mahesh also accompanied Lalit in smashing the cell phones of the four accused who had been first detained.
Neelam Devi, who was detained for demonstrating outside the Parliament while members of their group were entering the Lok Sabha, was another person Mahesh kept in close contact with.
On Thursday, Lalit and Mahesh turned themselves in simultaneously at the New Delhi police station. On Friday, Lalit was taken into custody. Mahesh’s cousin Kailash was also questioned but he has not been taken into custody by the police.
Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan D, two individuals, broke into the Lok Sabha chamber during Zero Hour on November 13 by jumping from the public gallery. They screamed slogans and sent out yellow smoke from canisters before the MPs overcame them.