New Delhi: Social activist Swami Agnivesh was attacked outside the BJP headquarters on Friday when he came to pay his respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This is the second attack in 30 days on the 79-year-old, who was earlier beaten in Jharkhand Pakur district by a mob that allegedly included BJP workers.
Soon after Agnivesh arrived at the venue on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, some people raised slogans asking him to go back. Footage from various news channels showed the former minister running on being chased by people, believed to be Bharatiya Janata Party workers, who are calling him ‘traitor’. His turban is yanked by one man and a woman is seen holding her slipper, as if ready to strike at him. The Delhi Police came to his rescue taking Agnivesh in a van and moving him to safety.
Suspected BJP youth wing and ABVP workers had allegedly attacked him accusing him of being hand in glove with Christian missionaries for “instigating” tribals to convert religion.
Vajpayee, a three-time prime minister and the BJP’s patriarch, died on Thursday at 93. His body was kept in state at the BJP’s new office on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Road for tributes ahead of his funeral.