Kejriwal attacked at Delhi Secretariate, assailant tries to hurl chilli powder in his eyes

On Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister came under a surprise attack when a middle aged person, identified as Anil Sharma, tried to flung red chilli powder at his eyes, though CM Kejriwal barely managed to dodge the attack. The incident took place at state secretariate.

Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal was leaving for lunch, when assailant stopped him outside of his office for some grievances. Within seconds, he snatched off the Chief Minister’s glasses tried to hurl chilli powder at him round 2.30 pm.

Sharma, whose Aadhaar card has been recovered, brought the chilli powder to the secretariat in packets of ‘khaini’, or chewing tobacco, PTI said quoting officials. Further,  after throwing red pepper powder on Kejriwal, Sharma threatened to shoot him after he comes out of jail, an official recounted.

However, Delhi police in its statement did not did not specify whether or not the man threw chilli powder at the Chief Minister. The statement mentioned that the man possessed a pouch which apparently contained chilli powder.

“When the 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.

“Meanwhile Anil bowed down to touch the feet of Kejriwal. The chief minister’s security tried to take him away but in the process Kejriwal’s spectacles fell,” it said.

“Subsequently security personnel removed him aside and found him carrying a pouch in his hand, which got torn and apparently containing chilly powder,” Delhi Police said.

Following Delhi Police’s statement, Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj accused cops of trying to water down the seriousness of the attack on the Chief Minister. He claimed that the attacker was associated with a BJP leader from Narayana.

The Delhi government later issued a rejoinder, accusing the Delhi Police of “lying on record” about the “premeditated attack” on the Delhi CM inside the Secretariat.

“The security of the Delhi Secretariat is the responsibility of Delhi Police and there have been numerous incidents of security breaches in the recent past. Instead of owning up its serious lapses, the Delhi Police is spreading lies under political pressure,” government said.

Senior AAP leader Raghav Chadha also claimed to be an eyewitness of the incident and said the attacker tried to throw red chilli powder into Kejriwal’s eyes and physically assault him.

Later, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia also alleged that BJP, in collusion with Delhi Police, is hatching a conspiracy to attack the chief minister. “The attack surprisingly took place at a high security area. A series of attacks have taken place on the chief minister. Recently, BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari, along with BJP goons, managed to reach near the stage during the inauguration of the Signature bridge and water bottles were thrown at him,” he said.

Meanwhile, Delhi BJP Chief, Manoj Tiwari speculated that the attack could be an orchestrated one, however condemned “if it is genuine.”

(With PTI inputs)