Sisodia blames BJP, police for ink attack on Kejriwal

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday blamed the BJP and the Centre-controlled Delhi Police for alleged laxity that led to an ink attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a public function.

In a hurriedly-called press conference, Sisodia said the ink attack showed a larger conspiracy scripted by the BJP's central government to physically harm the Chief Minister.

"This is not the first time that such an attack on Kejriwal has taken place. Every time the attacker is detained and let off later, without exposing the larger conspiracy behind it," Sisodia said.

“It was a conspiracy to attack Kejriwal...the attacker could have also carried acid or a bomb,” said Sisodia, questioning the police intention behind letting the ink thrower freely give interviews to media persons after the incident.

A woman in mid-20s threw ink on Kejriwal in the afternoon during a public function to thank public for the success of the odd-even road rationing formula.

The woman who claimed to be a Punjab worker of the Aam Aadmi Sena was detained by police while she claimed she had a CD as proof to expose corruption by “these people”.  
BJP president Satish Upadhyay, however, said the incident was stage managed by the AAP to gain public sympathy.

Sisodia said the AAP was against VIP security culture but expected the BJP-controlled police to have a bare minimum arrangement to prevent such a “dangerous” attack on CM.

“The AAP is determined to fight for truth. Our security is in God’s hands,” he said, adding that the BJP cannot digest the success of the odd-even scheme and may go to any length to attack the Chief Minister and his cabinet ministers.

Sisodia  alleged the incident showed that the BJP is trying to get the CM attacked by not ordering adequate security arrangement at Kejriwal’s public functions.

“Even today there was no police checking at the Chattrasal Stadium where the odd-even thanks giving function was held,” he said.

Police sources denied any laxity in security arrangements at the function but added that the function was announced at a short notice without taking the security set up into confidence.

A statement issued by the ruling AAP said  the incident is not just a major security breach , but it points towards involvement of Delhi Police officials in the conspiracy.

“At a time when the Delhi Police claims to be on a high alert after Fidayeen attack in Pathankot, it is unimaginable that in this state of alertness, an ordinary woman easily
breached the secuirty cordon of the Delhi Police and attacked Kejriwal without connivance of Delhi Police officials,” it said.


“It’s not the first such attack. Incidents in the past have shown involvement of BJP leaders. In one such case, the assailant was found staying at a BJP MP’s residence in Delhi. People know that Delhi Police comes under BJP led Centre and has been acting as political weapon of the BJP. This attack was not possible without direct involvement of Delhi Police officials,” it said.

The AAP threw five questions at the Union Home Ministry and Police and asked: “Will the Ministry of Home Affairs now carry out a probe and fix accountability of those responsible of this security lapse and people involved in the conspiracy will be brought to book?”

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