Protesting students at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhopal on Sunday denied spraying black ink on union health minister JP Nadda, and submitted a photo of the alleged attacker to the police.
Nadda’s white kurta was left with black blots after a man sprayed ink when the minister was about to get into his vehicle after completing his visit.
The ink episode took a new turn after a man, identifying himself as Vijay Sarathe of Jai Lok Party, told a section of media that he sprayed the ink on the minister.
Students on Sunday submitted the photograph of Sarathe at the Bagh Sevania police station. “We were scared as some media reports projected us in bad light despite our peaceful protest. Police came to our hostel to identify the ink attacker. We are happy that finally the right person has owned up,” a student said.
Jai Lok Party’s state head Brajesh Gupta said Saranthe did not have a permanent membership of the party as he is a minor. “Few days ago, he took a Dalit woman to AIIMS for treatment but the staff didn’t help them. In anger, he did this act.”
Bhopal MP Alok Sanjar told HT that he was glad that students were not behind this attack. “I have highlighted the difficulties faced by the students to the union minister,” he said.