AAP office vandalised over J&K remark

AAP office vandalised over J&K remark

Some 50 members carrying flags of a fringe group Hindu Raksha Dal on Wednesday morning vandalised Aam Aadmi Party’s office at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad with sticks and stones.

Protesting against AAP leader Prashant Bhushan’s recent comments on the Kashmir issue, the men broke window panes and flower pots, tore party banners and ransacked office furniture. No one was injured in the attack.

Some AAP members said the attackers targeted party workers and misbehaved with women. Less than an hour after the incident, one of the attackers who identified himself as Vishnu Gupta, an activist of Hindu Raksha Dal, said he was also involved in the attack on Bhushan inside the lawyer’s chamber in Supreme Court in 2011.

The Ghaziabad police have detained a dozen people, including Bhupendar Tomar, who AAP members said led the attack. Members of the outfit have also been booked for various offences, including assault, trespassing to cause hurt, criminal intimidation and assault on women.

Despite Kejriwal’s earlier refusal for security for him or his ministers, the Ghaziabad police said they would now deploy security at the office as well as at the chief minister’s residence. Kejriwal’s residence is less than a kilometre from the office that came under attack.

Senior Superintendent of Police Dharmendra Singh said the number plates of people involved in the attacks have been noted from CCTV camera footage and some people have been identified.

AAP members who were present during the incident said the attackers came in five cars. In fact, the timing of the attack appears to be well planned as a number of television channel crews are usually stationed at the party office in morning.

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