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Kejriwal attacked with chilly powder; AAP alleges police conspiring with BJP

The Aam Aadmi Party has described the attack as "politically motivated" and "petty tactics" by the BJP.

Kejriwal attacked with chilly powder; AAP alleges police conspiring with BJP
A still from a video posted by the AAP on its twitter account shows Anil Kumar being held after he allegedly threw chilli powder at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (PTI Photo)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the Delhi Police of hatching a conspiracy with the BJP after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was attacked with chilli powder inside the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia slammed the Delhi Police over security measures and questioned what would have happened if the man had a weapon instead of the red chilli powder. “The BJP in collusion with Delhi Police is hatching a conspiracy to attack the chief minister,” he alleged.

ReadKejriwal attacked with chilli powder; AAP says even CM not safe in Delhi

In a major security breach, a sachet of chilli powder was thrown at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal outside his chamber in Delhi Secretariat. Kejriwal was leaving home for lunch when a middle-aged man bowed before him, claiming he has some grievances. Within seconds, he hurled chilli powder at the CM. The man, identified as Anil Sharma, a resident of Narayana, has been detained. The Aam Aadmi Party has described the attack as “politically motivated” and “petty tactics” by the BJP.

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Delhi Police, in a statement issued later, said the incident took place around 2.25 pm on the third floor of Delhi Secretariat. “When CM was coming out of his chamber, one person later identified as Anil tried to hand over his complaint to the chief minister who in turn passed it on to a staff member,” said the statement.

Police further said Anil bowed down to touch the feet of Kejriwal and the chief minister’s security tried to take him away but in the process Kejriwal’s spectacles fell. “Subsequently security personnel removed him aside and found him carrying a pouch in his hand, which got torn and apparently containing chilly powder.

“Sharma was visiting the Secretariat with reference of some staff. He has been detained for further questioning,” the statement added.

Reacting to the police’ statement, the Delhi government issued a rejoinder, accusing the police of “lying on record” about the “premeditated attack” on the Delhi CM. Party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged that police were trying to water down the seriousness of the attack on the chief minister. “Delhi Police SHO tried to plant in Media “There was no attack, chilli packet just fell on the floor inadvertently”. Now you can imagine how deep-rooted the conspiracy is,” Bhardwaj said in a tweet.

Weighing in on the matter, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah criticised the police’s version of the incident. “How does chilli powder that “falls from his hand” defy gravity & fall upwards into Arvind Kejriwal ji’s eyes,” he tweeted.

Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, who had a fallout with Kejriwal and later went on to form his own party Swaraj India, also condemned the attack. “Sad and shocked to hear about this attack. Relieved that the CM is safe and unhurt. Everyone must condemn this. Period. Blame game can wait, please. In any case, blaming the victim shows moral degradation,” he tweeted.