Eight people arrested for attacking Kejriwal’s house

Delhi Police Thursday arrested eight persons in connection with the attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the members of the Bharatiya Janata Party attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house in Delhi. The AAP said that “BJP goons” broke close-circuit television cameras and security barriers at Kejriwal’s house, and that the attack took place in the presence of the Delhi Police.

BJYM national president and Lok Sabha MP Tejaswi Surya led the protesters, many of whom were captured on CCTV breaking the boom barrier, and kicking and banging the main gate before throwing red paint on it.

Surya said the BJP members had held the protest against Kejriwal’s “mocking of Kashmiri Pandits” in a speech in the Delhi Assembly.

Kejriwal had said that the makers of the film should release it on video streaming platform YouTube so that everyone could watch it free of cost. He had made the comment in response to demands by BJP leaders that that the movie should be exempted from entertainment tax in Delhi.

On its Twitter handle, the Aam Aadmi Party shared CCTV camera footage in which a group of people – some of them wearing saffron scarves and headgear – could be seen breaking a security barrier in front of Kejriwal’s house and banging on the main gate.

It also posted photos on Twitter which show that the gate of the chief minister’s house has been vandalised.

A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty). Another case has also been registered under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

At a press conference, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the BJP was “trying to murder” Kejriwal as it could not defeat him in elections.

“The BJP has been completely rattled by its defeat and the Aam Aadmi Party’s overwhelming victory in Punjab,” Sisodia said.