AAP to shift Soni Sori to Delhi for treatment, Kejriwal condemns attack

  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2016 13:39 IST
A group of men attacked Sori on Saturday night and smeared black chemical on her face. (HT Photo / Ejaz Kaiser)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned on Sunday an attack on party leader Soni Sori in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada as the Aam Aadmi Party announced it will shift the tribal leader to the Capital for treatment.

Three men attacked Sori on Saturday night and smeared black chemical on her face, on a day a well-known human rights lawyers group was allegedly forced to leave Jagdalpur after threats.

The attack on Sori occurred at Geedam when the tribal leader was returning to Dantewada on motorbike with her party associate from Jagdalpur.

“Sori, who is socially active among the tribal communities, was returning from Jagdalpur after saying a ‘good bye’ to the two human rights lawyers Isha Khandelwal and Shalini Gera, who were forced to pack-up from Bastar”, AAP state convener Sanket Thakur told HT.

The “shocked” Chhattisgarh unit of AAP said the situation in Bastar has turned “alarming”.

“This is an attempt to terrorise and force her to leave Bastar. She has raised the issue of fake encounter and the high handedness of the forces. She has inflammation and pain on her face. Can’t trust the state administration anymore. We are shifting her to Delhi for treatment”, Thakur said.

According to Dantewada police, three unidentified men on a motorcycle chased Soni Sori, stopped her near Geedam and fled after smearing some black chemical ink on her face.

“An FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons who blackened her face with some black chemical. It was not an acid attack”, Dantewada SP Kamal Lochan Kashyap told HT.

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