New Delhi: A man threw red chilli powder at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal when he was coming out of his office in the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. The incident happened on the third floor of the secretariat when Kejriwal was leaving for lunch between 2.10 and 2.15 pm.
The attacker, Anil Kumar Sharma, has been arrested. The CM’s eyes were protected by his glasses, which broke during the scuffle.
This is not the first such attack on Kejriwal. Earlier, he has been punched and attacked with ink, shoes and slippers.
Sharma, a Naraina resident, was waiting for the AAP convenor, outside his office at the Delhi secretariat. When Kejriwal stepped out, Sharma walked up to him and said, “Aap hi se umeed hai,” and tried to touch his feet. When Kejriwal stopped him from touching his feet, Sharma got up and threw chilli powder on his face. The attacker had chilli powder in gutkha packet in one hand and a letter in the other.
The Delhi Police said that Sharma had come to meet Kejriwal in the Secretariat to share his grievances. “He handed a note to the CM and touched his feet. As the CM’s security tried to remove him, Kejriwal’s spectacles fell down. Security personnel removed Sharma aside and found him carrying a pouch in his hand, which got torn and was apparently containing chilly powder. He has been detained,” the police said.
Although the police is investigating whether it was an attack or powder fell unintentionally, CCTV visuals from the spot reveal another story. Take a look: