Hours after Delhi Police detained a 41-year-old man identified as Anil Kumar Sharma for throwing red chilli powder at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inside the Secretariat, he told police that he attacked the CM because he was unhappy with his work. While the government has not filed a complaint, police have arrested Kumar and registered an FIR.
Kumar was first detained by police personnel inside the Secretariat, where he was constantly changing his statement and raising slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. He was later taken to IP Estate police station, where the Additional DCP (central) Amit Sharma along with the SHO questioned him. “He told us he was unhappy with the CM’s work for nine years… he then corrected himself, saying the tenure was four years. He alleged Kejriwal was making a fool of people and used nationalists as a pawn,” a senior police officer said.
When a reporter earlier asked Kumar if he was affiliated to BJP, he replied, “BJP is the only true patriotic party.”
He also called Kejriwal a “desh ka gaddar” and said he had come to the Secretariat to prove that a true patriot (desh bhakt) is never defeated.
Police said Kumar told them that Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia were his prime targets and he tried his best today.
“He said it does not matter if someone shoots him now… He also asked us what one can do if they are betrayed,” the officer added.
Kumar said he was staying in a rented accommodation in Naraina and recently shifted to Rajouri Garden, where he is staying as a paying guest. “He claims to be a store manager at a private company and says his wife and 11-year-old daughter live in a village in Uttar Pradesh,” police said.
Kumar claimed he approached an AAP volunteer a few weeks ago and requested him to help him out with his mother’s treatment, who is suffering from tuberculosis. “He entered the Secretariat using the volunteer’s reference and went to the Public Grievances Cell, where some documents were issued to him related to his mother’s treatment. He was asked to take his mother to a Delhi government hospital. He then went to the third floor to meet Kejriwal,” police said, adding that Kumar, after questioning, claimed he cooked up a story about his mother’s illness. Police are verifying all claims.
What it takes to enter Delhi Secretariat
- A common man is frisked by Delhi Police personnel before entering Secretariat. To proceed, a pass is made at the reception — only if the person has a prior appointment or if someone working at the Secretariat sends a message asking that he be let in
- The reception requires a photo identity proof to generate the pass, which is barcode-enabled and has a photograph of
the applicant, his address, and name/ designation of the person who has requested that he be allowed inside
- The person shows the pass to Delhi Police personnel before scanning the barcode and entering. Once inside, there is no mechanism to ensure he goes only to the designated official or department. The entry to the CM’s wing is strictly regulated
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