New Delhi, April 4: A 19-year-old boy attacked Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal during a road show in Dakshinpuri, South Delhi.
The accused, Abdul Wahid, was beaten up by AAP supporters despite appeals from Kejriwal to spare him.
The incident happened when Kejriwal’s cavalcade stopped for the leader to shake hands with his supporters. Wahid came and punched Kejriwal on his back and tried to slap him.
Appealing for calm, Kejriwal asked his supporters not to indulge in any violence. “Some people are ready to go to any extent to become Prime Minister. Let them do whatever they are doing. Our religion teaches us non-violence. If we raise our hands, this movement will come to an end,” Kejriwal said.
AAP claims that Wahid was hired to do the job. “There were many eyewitnesses who have heard him say that he was paid Rs 25,000 by some people to attack Kejriwal. It is for the police to carry out further investigation. We have not registered any complaint against anyone in the case,” party spokesperson Nagender Sharma said.
But the police have a different version. According to them the accused is an AAP worker.
“Wahid had been waiting to meet Kejriwal, but AAP workers did not let him. He still managed to jostle his way before Kejriwal to garland him, but instead slapped him in anger,” said a senior police officer from Ambedkar Nagar police station, where Wahid was detained.
Wahid works as an assistant to a property dealer and lives in Batla house in Okhla, in South Delhi.
This is not the first time, Kejriwal or his colleagues have come under attack.
On March 28, Arvind Kejriwal was attacked by a man, who claimed to be a supporter of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, during his election rally in Haryana. On March 8 a man had smeared ink on AAP leader Yogendra Yadav’s face during an event to mark Women’s Day at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.
More recently, eggs and inks were thrown at the AAP leaders cavalcade when they were in Varanasi from where Kejriwal plans to take on the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.