Soni Sori in Delhi hospital after attack in Chhattisgarh

  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times, Raipur
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2016 01:15 IST
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Soni Sori landed in the Capital for treatment on Sunday. (HT photo/Ejaz Kaiser)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Soni Sori landed in the Capital for treatment on Sunday, even as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the attack on her in Dantewada, south Chhattisgarh, on Saturday and demanded prompt arrest of the culprits.

Swati Maliwal of the Aam Aadmi Party said Sori was admitted to the Apollo hospital in the city.

On a day when human rights lawyers were “evicted” from Jagdalpur, Sori was attacked by unidentified men who smeared a black chemical on her face. The incident took place at Geedam when the tribal leader was returning to Dantewada with her party associate from Jagdalpur.

Demanding action, Kejriwal tweeted, “V painful. Whats happening everywhere? Hope she recovers fast. Chhattisgarh govt shud nab culprits immediately.”

AAP state convener Sanket Thakur said Sori, who is socially active in the tribal community, was returning from Jagdalpur after bidding farewell to human rights lawyers Isha Khandelwal and Shalini Gera who were forced to pack up from Bastar.

The “shocked” Chhattisgarh unit of AAP said the situation in Bastar had turned “alarming”. Thakur said, “This is an attempt to terrorise and force her (Soni) to leave Bastar. She has raised the issue of fake encounters and the high-handedness of the forces. She has inflammation on her face and is in extreme pain. We can’t trust the state administration anymore and are thus shifting her to Delhi for treatment.”

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

“An FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons. It was not an acid attack,” Dantewada SP Kamal Lochan Kashyap said.

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