Chhatisgarh offers ‘Y – category’ security, AAP leader Soni Sori refuses

  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times, RAIPUR
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2016 12:10 IST
Soni Sori was attacked by unidentified men who smeared her face with black paint like substance (Hindustan Times)

A day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Soni Sori was shifted to Delhi for treatment after being attacked by unidentified men in strife-torn Dantewada district, south Chhattisgarh, the government decided to provide her ‘Y – category’ security blanket. However Sori, who has been admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) in Delhi hospital, has refused to accept Chattisgarh government’s offer.

The press statement issued by the state police headquarter on Tuesday said keeping in view the incident encountered by Soni Sori and to ensure her security, the state government has taken a decision to provide her with a ‘Y – category’ security. “Soon she will given the full component of the Y - category security cover”, the release added.

“Policemen went to her place at Geedam (Dantewada) today to inform the family about the security. But Soni Sori has out-rightly rejected the security blanket offered. She is in ICU. This is an attempt by the state to put her under surveillance through the security”, the Chhattisgarh AAP convener Sanket Thakur told Hindustan Times.

Sori’s only concern remains the safety of her three school going children – the eldest daughter is appearing in the board exam of Class 10, Thakur said.

According to the doctors attending her, the Haemoglobin count has gone down and single unit of blood was donated to her on Tuesday. “She will be in the ICU for another four days. I donated the blood to her”, Thakur said.

On a day when human rights lawyers were “evicted” from Jagdalpur, unidentified men smeared black chemical liquid on Sori’s face on Saturday night. The incident took place at Geedam when the tribal leader was returning to Dantewada from Jagdalpur.

Following the incident, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded the immediate arrest of culprits.

AAP in Chhattisgarh cited that the attack was an attempt to terrorise and force her (Soni Sori) to leave Bastar. She has raised the issue of “fake encounters and the high-handedness” of the forces.

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