Chilli Powder Thrown At Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Blames Police Lapses
A man threw chilli powder at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal outside his office at the secretariat on Tuesday, provoking outrage from his party. The attacker, identified as Anil Kumar, has been taken into custody, officials said.
Arvind Kejriwal was leaving for lunch after finishing up meetings when the attack took place outside the chief minister’s chamber on the third floor, AAP lawmaker Alka Lamba said.
“The accused took out a letter along with chilli powder from his pocket. The chilli powder did not go in the eyes of Arvind Kejriwal as he wears glasses. But the glasses broke as the chief minister tried to dodge it,” Ms Lamba to NDTV.
She accused the Delhi Police, which is controlled by the central government, of “completely failing” to ensure the Chief Minister’s security.
“The Delhi Police has repeatedly failed to stop anti-social elements from entering the secretariat. They are doing this on the directions of the BJP that rules the centre,” she said.
Calling it a dangerous attack, Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party alleged the BJP had sent out word that whoever targeted the Chief Minister or his party would be protected.
AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said he was behind the Chief Minister when the attack took place.
The BJP has condemned the incident.
“I strongly condemn it. This should not be tolerated or justified. The matter should be investigated,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari said. (NDTV)