Ball hits AAP minister's car, say cops

Birla denies report of boy apologising for throwing ball

Ball hits AAP minister's car, say cops

Delhi Cabinet Minister Rakhi Birla, whose car was allegedly hit by an “unidentified object” on Sunday evening at Mangolpuri in Outer Delhi, has refuted reports of a boy and his father apologising to her for the incident.

Some media outlets on Monday reported that the car was actually hit by a ball that was thrown by the boy playing nearby.

The incident occurred at block R in Mangolpuri when the youngest minister in Kejriwal’s Cabinet was returning in a private WagonR car after attending a function in the locality. She alleged that an “unidentified object” hit her car, cracking the windscreen, while her vehicle was surrounded by a crowd.

Birla’s claim found support in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s statement that no one approached her to apologise and that if the incident was unintentional, they would have no qualm in closing the chapter. “She did not even want to file a complaint and instead called Kumar Vishwas (AAP leader) to inform him,” said Kejriwal.

Interestingly, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer District), B L Suresh, told Deccan Herald that preliminary investigations have shown that an 11-year-old boy hit the car with a hard corkball, the impact of which shattered the windscreen.
“It does not appear to be an intentional act, but we are investigating the matter,” said Suresh.

Birla’s brother Vikram, on the other hand, dismissed the reports as the media’s imagination. “Neither did any child tell us that he hit the car with a ball or anything, nor did anyone apologise. If it was a mistake by a child, we would immediately forgive him,” Vikram told Deccan Herald.

Vikram claimed to have been by Birla’s side when the incident took place. He reiterated that the minister would not opt for security under any condition. “We will die but not take any security,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party wasted no time in taking potshots at the minister demanding that she be booked for “giving false information”. S K Sharma, Office Secretary, BJP Delhi, in a statement alleged that Birla “knowingly and believing it to be false, issued the statement to create panic or to get security for her or with some other ulterior motive”.

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