CNG scam behind odd-even plan, alleges woman who threw ink at Kejriwal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2016 13:00 IST
Bhavna Arora who threw ink at Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday during the Delhi odd-even rule ‘success’ address. (ANI)

The woman, who threw ink at Arvind Kejriwal at a weekend rally to mark the “success” of the vehicle rationing rule, has alleged a “big CNG scam” behind the odd-even formula, saying she had proof of the scandal that she will present in court.

“The odd-even rule was positive, but behind that was a big CNG Scam, of which I had a sting. That is why I wanted to meet CM and Gopal Rai ji (Delhi transport minister), but they didn’t agree to meet,” Bhavna Arora told ANI on Monday.

“I will submit all papers and the sting before the court. Investigation should be done in the matter,” she said a day after throwing ink at the Delhi CM while he was addressing a gathering called at the Chhatrasal stadium on the positive response to the odd-even rule. The fortnight-long experiment ended on Jan 15.

On Sunday, Arora came quite close to the lectern where Kejriwal was speaking, waved some papers towards him, and then threw ink at the chief minister. There were ink stains on Kejriwal’s cheeks and some others standing close to him were also seen wiping off the liquid.

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The 26-year-old woman, who claimed to be a member of the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Sena, was later detained by police and whisked away to Model Town police station for questioning. A case was also registered. Delhi police has sought permission from a duty magistrate to arrest the 26-year-old woman.

Soon after the attack, the AAP government charged the BJP and Delhi Police of a conspiracy as an agitated deputy CM Manish Sisodia slammed the Delhi Police, calling the incident a “major security lapse” and wondered whether it was “sitting in readiness to stage an attack on Kejriwal”.

“They may also kill people because they cannot stand the success of the odd-even scheme and AAP’s popularity among the masses. Police is a part of the conspiracy,” Sisodia said referring to the BJP leadership at the Centre. The two governments have been at loggerheads since long and tensions have risen from time to time owing to issues like control over Delhi Police, or the CBI raids at the Delhi secretariat and the inquiry of the alleged DDCA corruption scam.

However, Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi said these allegations were “misconceived and unfounded”.

“The girl who attacked Delhi CM with ink has been arrested and a case has been registered against her. We made adequate arrangements, all necessary security arrangements were made,” Bassi told ANI.

This was also the second ink attack on Kejriwal after the one during his Lok Sabha elections rally in Varanasi in April 2014, from where he was contesting against PM Narendra Modi.

Sisodia said the issue was not about Kejriwal’s security alone as the consequences, had it been a bomb or acid attack, would have been ghastly.

“Centre should own responsibility and take action because such incidents have happened in the past as well. People who are staging these incidents, hatching conspiracies from behind the scene, should be acted against,” he added.

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