Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was attacked and hit on his neck by a man during his road show at Charkhi Dadri in Haryana on Friday.
Kejriwal was shaking hands with the people and exchanging pleasantries when he was attacked and his spectacles fell on the ground.
Almost immediately AAP supporters pounced on the man who was identified as Krishan Kumar from Legha village and thrashed.
Kejriwal, however, appealed to his supporters not to take the law into their hands and said that the purpose of AAP was to establish truth through peaceful means, not violence.
Later, Kejriwal tweeted: “Someone hit me hard on my neck just now. This kind of violent reaction is expected from them. It only shows their true character and desperation.”
The man who was in his twenties was eventually handed over to the police.
When asked, the attacker said he was an Anna Hazare supporter and was angry with Kejriwal for "hijacking" the movement. He claimed that he rose to protest but did not slap the AAP leader.
Kejriwal, who is on a three-day tour of Haryana and Punjab is scheduled to visit Ambala and Yammunanagar on Saturday and Chandigarh on Sunday.
Kejriwal's reactions on Twitter:
Someone hit me hard on my neck jst now. This kimd of violent reaction is expected of them. It only shows their true character n desperation.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 28, 2014
But our supporters beat him up in retaliation. That is v wrong. That is not expected of us.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 28, 2014
I am deeply hurt by the reaction of our supporters. If we also react violently, then what is the difference betn them n us?— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 28, 2014
If we ever become violent, the movementwud be finished. So, pl pl pl, in future, if anyone hits us including me, we shud be nice to him— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 28, 2014
We shud never never react violently. If u r a part of this movement - kasam khao kabhi haath nahi uthaoge, chahe kitna bada hamla kyon na ho— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 28, 2014
With inputs from HT correspondent