Ankit Love, chief of London’s One Love Party, was recently caught driving a Mercedes G400d with Ukrainian licence plates. That’s not all.
Earlier this week, in a bizarre turn of events, British-Kashmiri Ankit Love, the son of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (NPP) supremo Bhim Singh, was questioned by the Bulgarian police for seven hours for driving a car with Ukrainian licence plates. He was stopped near the Bulgarian town of Godech Wednesday.
As if things couldn’t get more complicated, the car, a Mercedes G400d worth roughly Rs 1.6 crore, belonged to Ukrainian model Anna Durytska. Durytska, who has sought asylum in London after fleeing Ukraine, formerly dated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was assassinated in 2015. Love, 38, who was born in New Delhi and then shifted to London as a child due to his family’s political engagements, claims to be a long-time friend of hers.
Since Durytska couldn’t leave the UK while finalising her asylum status, Love claims he offered to fly to Bulgaria, where the model had left her car and some of her belongings with a friend, and then drive back to the UK with the Mercedes via the Channel Tunnel that connects Great Britain with the European mainland. The tunnel offers a 35-minute car train service known as the ‘Eurotunnel Shuttle’, in which a person can board the train carriage in their vehicle and then stay in it throughout the channel tunnel crossing.
Speaking to ThePrint on the phone, Love said: “While fleeing Ukraine, Anna drove her Mercedes with all her designer clothes and jewellery to Bulgaria where she had a friend living in Sophia Province. She left all of her stuff there and then flew to London to get asylum. But she’s only got one pair of clothes to wear. So, I offered to fly to Bulgaria and then drive her car, with all her belongings, back to the UK.”
Anna is currently in London. “I am waiting for my BRP (Biometric Residence Permit). That car is my only asset. It’s really expensive and I am afraid to lose it,” she said.
Now Love plans to fly back to Bulgaria to try and get the car.
Go a little deeper, and a whole world opens up. Love, who has often called himself the ‘Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir’ started the One Love Party in London in 2015 and was also a mayoral candidate. On his list of political agendas: Clean air, legalising Cannabis, and even ‘unification of Pakistan and India’.