A man hurled ink at Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia outside the lieutenant governor’s house on Monday, apparently angry over the government’s poor handling of the city’s ongoing public health crisis, ANI reported.
The event came as Delhi reels under one of the biggest outbreak of mosquito-borne viral diseases, dengue and chikungunya, with many questioning the adequacy of the measures taken to contain the situation.
At least 16 people have died of chikungunya and 17 of dengue in the city. More than 2,000 other patients are admitted in city hospitals , many of them from neighbouring states.
Television visuals showed ink hurled at Sisodia while he was talking to reporters outside L-G Najeeb Jung’s house. Jung had summoned Sisodia – who was on a study tour in Finland – over a letter two days ago.
Sources in the L-G ‘s office said Sisodia had sought an appointment with Jung Friday morning after returning from Finland late at night.
This isn’t the first time an Aam Aadmi Party leader has faced an ink attack. A woman hurled ink at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during an event to mark the odd-even road rationing scheme in January.
Police detained the man and identified him as Brijesh Shukla. “He claims to be the national president of one Swaraj Abhiyan party, based out of Karawal Nagar. We have detained him and are awaiting an official complaint from the Aam Aadmi Party to make the registration of the FIR and make the formal arrest,” said deputy commissioner of police (north) Madhur Verma .
The AAP said the ink throwing was part of a concerted effort to discredit the party.
“Probably throwing ink at @msisodia was Farzi Rashtrawadi’s attempt of taking revenge of Pak attack on our soldiers,” said party leader Kumar Vishvas.
How come an individual claiming fake anger on @msisodia was aware that he will be at LG House ? Why anger not directed at BJP's MCD ???— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) September 19, 2016