Hindu Sena activists vandalised the New Delhi office of the Pakistan International Airlines Thursday afternoon. One of the four who barged into the office has been arrested, police said. Police said four men barged into the PIA office on the fifth floor of Narayan Manzil near Barakhamba Road shortly after 3 pm. They vandalised the office, smashing two computers, printers and a miniature replica of an airplane placed at the reception desk. They also threw pamphlets in the air. Jatin Narwal, DCP, New Delhi, said: “The arrested person has been identified as Lalit Singh who is a member of the Hindu Sena. Three people managed to escape and efforts are on to nab them.” He said police were also going through CCTV footage.
Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta owned up the attack. “We express our deep resentment towards Pakistan through our act at the PIA office. Until and unless Pakistan hands over terrorists to India, there shouldn’t be any talk between the two countries,” he said, adding that the motive for the attack was clearly mentioned in the pamphlet. The pamphlet stated: “Pakistan is responsible for the recent attacks in Pathankot and the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan. There should be no talks with Pakistan unless they take stern action against people who have caused damage to India and hand over people like Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed to India.” “This incident was merely symbolic. In future, the Hindu Sena will stop the Lahore bus service as well as the Samjhauta Express,” it added. One of the officials at the PIA office said, “At 3.10 pm, four persons entered the premises. One of them pulled out a saffron scarf and looked very aggressive. I sensed that these people were here to disrupt. I quietly picked my stuff and left.” According to the official, the four men went about their task quietly, and did not raise any slogan. A CRPF constable, who was posted there, said there was nothing suspicious about the men when they entered the premises. “I saw them breaking a chair and I rushed in. I checked if they were carrying any weapon, but they were clean. They came here only to ransack the place,” the constable said. According to the constable, three of the assailants escaped as he called for reinforcement. Hours after the PIA office was ransacked, Pakistan sought “adequate security” for PIA offices in the country and action against “miscreants”.
A statement by the Pakistan Foreign Office, issued in Delhi by the High Commission, said, “The Pakistan High Commission immediately took up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs, asking them to provide adequate security to the PIA offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as to take action against the miscreants.” “We have been assured by the Indian government that it would take all the necessary steps for the security of PIA offices in India,” the statement said. Speaking on the incident, Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “I am sure law enforcement agencies will take care of the matter.” (The Indian Express, 2016).