Uttar Pradesh Police has filed an FIR against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manju Tiwari for celebratory firing, during Sunday's 9-minute event. A video showing her firing a shot in the air with a pistol went viral on Monday. People in various parts of India on Sunday turned off the lights of their houses and lighted earthen lamps, in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's '9 pm9minute' appeal to show solidarty in their fight to combat coronavirus.
"I saw the entire city illuminating with candles and earthen lamps. I felt like it was Diwali and fired in the air out of jubilation. I accept my mistake and apologise for it," Tiwari told news agency ANI.
Balrampur: BJP leader Manju Tiwari booked for firing in the air around 9 PM yesterday. "I saw the entire city illuminating with candles & earthen lamps. I felt like it was Diwali & fired in the air out of jubilation. I accept my mistake & apologise for it," the leader says. pic.twitter.com/cn1rqrzSTv— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 6, 2020
Tiwari is the woman leader of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur. The FIR against her was registered at Kotwali Nagar Police Station in Balrampur on Monday under Section 286 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 30 of Arms Act.