A day after the attack on the cavalcade of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, a video uploaded by the party’s state organisational head Durgesh Pathak showed a blue-turbaned man breaking the windshield of the Toyota Innova car in which Kejriwal was sitting in the front seat. Despite this, the Ludhiana rural police have claimed that only one stone thrown by an unidentified person hit the windshield.
The video appears to have been taken from inside the police escort vehicle just in front of Kejriwal’s car. Yet, the police claimed to have scanned the CCTV cameras installed at the banquet that Kejriwal had left just before the attack. The police were also taking the help of the video clips of the attack that went viral on social networking sites, officials told HT.
Below: Video of attack on Kejriwal at Ludhiana, as shared by party official
The police in the FIR have mentioned that members of associations of Sikh riot victims and some Hindu organisations were protesting against Kejriwal outside the marriage palace, where a stone thrown by an unidentified person hit the windshield of the vehicle.
The police have recorded the statements of eyewitnesses and heads of organisations leading the protest. The Danga Peerit Welfare Society and Hindu organisations, who were protesting with black flags, claimed that the attackers were not from their groups.
Police said as there were hundreds of protestors from various groups, it was difficult to identify the attackers.
SAD MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali, whose name was dragged into the controversy, denied the attackers belonged to the SAD. Ayali said it might by the work of AAP leaders to gain publicity and people’s sympathy.
Meanwhile, the AAP asked state deputy CM and home minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to get the investigation done and arrest the culprits soon. In a statement issued on Tuesday, AAP leaders said that the video footage showed the attackers and police should arrest them immediately.