Two unidentified men on Tuesday threw ink at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The two were detained by police. Reacting to the ink attack, Kejriwal took to Twitter wishing the attackers well. “Hmmm… God bless those who threw ink at me. I wish them well,” Kejriwal tweeted. The Delhi chief minister came under a lot of flak recently for his comments on the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army on the terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. In a video address, Kejriwal saluted Prime Minister Narendra Modi but, at the same time, urged the Centre to expose Pakistan by releasing video footage of the covert strike.
At a press conference today, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the AAP leader should answer whether he believed
in the Indian Army or not. Kejriwal later retorted: “I am unhappy. Ravi Shankar ji is saying I am playing politics. Am I playing politics or they?”
Earlier today, several activists of a right-wing group showed black flags to Kejriwal in Bikaner for his comments. “Kejriwal was on his way to Bikaner from Jodhpur when the activists showed him black flags in Nokha town,” said Sub-Inspector of Nokha police station Jasveer Singh.
“One of the activists Bajrang Paliwal has been arrested under section 151 of CrPC (Arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences),” he added.
This wasn’t the first time the chief minister was targeted. While campaigning in Varanasi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was attacked with ink during a roadshow. An autorickshaw driver also threw ink at him before AAP swept to power in Delhi. Kejriwal, in fact, met the driver at his residence and received an apology for the mischief.
On September 19, a man threw ink at Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, outside Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s residence in Civil Lines. Days after the attack, sources told The Indian Express that Delhi Police had sent an ‘incident report’ to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and sought its opinion on increasing the security provided to the deputy chief minister.
More details awaited.