Jharkhand govt begins probe into Swami Agnivesh assault

Strap: Santhal Paragana commissioner and deputy inspector general visited Pakur and collected evidences. Police still clueless about the named accused, while accused claimed they were in town

india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 08:15 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Alleged Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers assault social activist Swami Agnivesh during his visit to Pakur on July 17.(PTI Photo)

The team appointed by the Jharkhand government to probe the assault case of Swami Agnivesh began its investigation.

The team, comprising Santhal Paragana divisional commissioner Pradeep Kumar and deputy inspector general (DIG) Raj Kumar Lakra, visited Pakur on Thursday and collected CCTV footage and other evidences from the spot where the incident took place.

The 78-year-old social rights activist, who was in Pakur on Tu- esday to address a tribal festival at Littipara Stadium, was allegedly thrashed by BJP youth workers. Agnivesh claimed the assailants punched and kicked him and tore his clothes. “We visited all the places connected to the case and gathered as much evidence as we could. We will visit the place again in a day or two for further investigation,” Kumar said

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 23:28 IST