Delhi Police arrested three people after they attempted to vandalise the CPM central committee office near Gole Market on Sunday.
Police said at about 3.30 pm, three people from Aam Aadmi Sena sprayed “Pakistani… Ofc” on the board outside the office.
“Three youths came to office of CPI(M) where they sprayed black ink outside the office. While two of them managed to flee, one was held by CPM workers and handed over to us,” said Jatin Narwal, DCP (New Delhi). Later, the other two came to the police on their own, added Narwal.
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A case has been registered in Mandir Marg police station under section 427 ( mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees or upwards) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant section of Delhi Police Act.
CPM said that the act was committed by right-wing forces. CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, who in the office at the time of incident, said,”I spotted them at about 3.30 pm. A few goons owing allegiance to right-wing forces attacked the office. Party comrades who rushed to defend the office apprehended one of the attackers and handed him over to Delhi Police.” He said police must thoroughly investigate the incident and take action against the culprits and their mentors.
The attack came in the backdrop of a raging row over an event on JNU campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The party released a statement, saying, “Those who hero worship the murderer of Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘national hero’ have the temerity to accuse the CPI(M) of being anti-national. We do not require certificates of patriotism from such elements. This is a politically motivated attack on the CPI(M) Party headquarters. The CPI(M) will meet this challenge politically and defend… against such attacks.” CPM members of the party said the three people shouted “Vande Mataram” and also threw stones.
The Aam Aadmi Sena hit the headlines in January following an ink attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by one of its members, Bhawna Arora.