Manju Tiwari
BJP leader Manju Tiwari has apologised for her action | ThePrint Photo | Soham Sen
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New Delhi: A BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district was Monday booked for firing shots in the air Sunday evening as people lit lamps or candles for nine minutes at 9 pm at the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A video showing BJP leader Manju Tiwari firing shots with a revolver to mark the battle against coronavirus went viral on social media. Tiwari is the district president of the party’s women’s wing in Balrampur district.

Balrampur Superintendent of Police (SP) Dev Ranjan Verma said Tiwari has been booked under “suitable sections” of the India Penal Code.

Additional SP Arvind Misra also issued a statement on Balrampur Police’ official Twitter handle, assuring that further investigation on the alleged incident is underway.

In the video, Tiwari can be seen holding a pistol in her hand and firing the shots into the air while those around her can be heard laughing and applauding. She had allegedly uploaded the video herself on her Facebook account, which she is said to have later deleted.

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‘Felt like Diwali’

Tiwari has since apologised for her action. The BJP leader said it “felt like Diwali” after she saw the entire city illuminating and hence fired “out of jubiliation”.

As soon as the video showing Tiwari firing shots in the air surfaced online, social media was abuzz with reactions.

Congress spokesperson Akhilesh P. Singh condemned the “celebratory firing” and called for police action into the incident.

In his third national address to the nation, amid the Covid-19 crisis, Prime Minister Modi had requested citizens to switch off lights for nine minutes at 9 pm Sunday and light candles or torches to “challenge the darkness” of the coronavirus crisis that has forced a three-week country-wide lockdown.

Following Sunday’s event, however, many have complained about people bursting firecrackers and gathering on the streets.

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  1. Foolish.
    Ovrr enthusiastic and did not understand the purpose.
    These people are not suitable to hold responsible positions in public life.
    Shame on them.


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