Masquerading as a BJP leader until his bluff was called, Shrikant Tyagi was apprehended in Meerut on 9 August. , He was absconding since police booked him for assaulting a woman in Noida. While on the run, he changed vehicles 15 times to evade his pursuers, the police came to know.
In the course of four days before the law caught up with him, Shrikant Tyagi led cops on a wild goose chase across three states, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Uttarakhand, where he laid low for some time in Rishikesh and Haridwar. Before the police could arrest him in Uttarakhand, he fled to Saharanpur in UP and made his way to Baghpat and Meerut where he hid at a close friend’s place.
After fleeing from Noida on 8 August, Shrikant Tyagi was headed to the Delhi airport, but by the time he reached the Indira Gandhi International Airport that night, his video of hurling abuse and hitting a woman resident at his Noida housing society had gone viral. Fearing arrest, he abandoned the airport plan and went underground.
According to the police, eight teams of police in Noida were in hot pursuit of Shrikant Tyagi’s trail. Later, four teams of UP STF joined to bolster their ranks. A large surveillance team of the UP STF added to the hunt for the self-proclaimed BJP worker.
Shrikant Tyagi changed not only cars but also electronic gadgets and devices, including mobile phones, in order to dodge the police.
Shrikant Tyagi had nothing to do with BJP: Really?
Meanwhile, exposing BJP's claim that he had nothing to do with the party, the media has found that while Shrikant Tyagi might not have been a national executive member of the BJP's Kisan Morcha, he enjoyed three armed bodyguards of the state during the first term of the Yogi Adityanath government on 8 October 2018.
At the time the Uttar Pradesh government provided him with security cover, Arvind Kumar was the Additional Chief Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh home department and the SSP of Ghaziabad was Vaibhav Krishna.
Ghaziabad SSP Muniraj has sent a detailed report to the Uttar Pradesh government on issuing security detail to Shrikant Tyagi. According to sources, strict action may be taken against those involved in giving security cover to him.
Sources said further that police are investigating possible links between Shrikant Tyagi and a mining mafia. The goon leader reportedly has a big mining business in the Sonbhadra-Mirzapur stretch.
Shrikant Tyagi allegedly manhandled and hurled expletives at a woman following a spat inside the Grand Omaxe society in Sector-93B of Noida where he lives after the woman objected to his plantation of some trees. She had cited violation of rules even as he claimed he was within his rights to do so. The fraud goon lost his cool and pushed her. He also used derogatory words against her. The video of the incident went viral.
Police of Noida booked Shrikant Tyagi under Section 354 (assault or use of criminal force on any woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Subsequently, the police added charges under IPC Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of public peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 447 (criminal trespass) to the case.
The police slapped Shrikant Tyagi with the Gangster Act, following which the Noida authority ordered bulldozers to raze the illegal structures he had erected outside his apartment at the Grand Omaxe housing society.