CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury was allegedly heckled by a protester at a press conference in New Delhi. News agency ANI reported that Yechury was ‘manhandled’ but uninjured in the incident. There were anti-CPM slogans raised at the press conference. According to police, two people have been arrested in relation to the incident. Police said that Upendra Kumar and Pawan Kaul who allegedly belonged to Hindu Sena were arrested.
Minutes after the incident, Yechury tweeted, “We will not be cowed down by any attempts of Sangh’s goondagardi to silence us. This is a battle for the soul of India, which we will win.” It is not clear which organisation the protester, who was later beaten up and handed over to Delhi Police, represented or why he was protesting at all.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also condemned the incident, calling it an ‘attack on Indian democracy.’
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 7, 2017
More details are awaited.