BJP youth leader arrested for attack on Rahul Gandhi’s car in Gujarat
The Gujarat government on Friday handed over the probe into the incident to additional director general of police Mohan Jha.india Updated: Aug 05, 2017 23:58 IST
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing leader was arrested while investigation was started against three other persons on Saturday in connection with the Friday’s attack on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s car, police said.
The attack generated a political storm with Gandhi holding the state’s ruling BJP and its ideological fountainhead, the RSS, responsible for the attack.
The Congress also accused the Centre and state government of failing to provide security to the party vice president guarded by the SPG.
Several state Congress leaders also went on a night-long dharna and organised demonstrations condemning the incident and demanding immediate arrest of the perpetrators.
The stone was hurled by a man from a hostile crowd at Dhanera town when Gandhi was visiting flood-affected Banaskantha district in north Gujarat. Black flags were also waved at him.
The stone broke the rear window of the car. But Gandhi, who was on his way to helipad, escaped unhurt as he was sitting in the front seat.
The arrested Banaskantha district president of the BJP’s youth wing Jayesh Darji was named in the police complaint Congress lodged after the attack.
Bhagwanbhai Patel, chairman of the Dhanera Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), was among the three against whom police have initiated inquiry.
Agitating Congress leaders, including its former Gujarat unit president Arjun Modhwadia, ended their stir after Darji’s arrest.
The Gujarat government on Friday handed over the probe into the incident to additional director general of police Mohan Jha.
The BJP also condemned the incident
``The government was quick to order a probe by a senior police officer and action has also been taken over the incident. We condemned what happened,” said BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya.
But he was quick to add that Gandhi’s visit to the flood-affected areas was part of Congress “propaganda” to hide the party legislators’ failure to be with the displaced people during this crisis.
He was referring to a group of Congress MLAs staying in a resort on the outskirt of Karnataka capital Bengaluru. The Congress took them out of the state to prevent them from being “poached by the BJP” ahead of Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.