Social activist Swami Agnivesh, who was attacked allegedly by a group of BJP affiliated youth wing workers in Jarkhand last month, said on Sunday that he would approach the Supreme Court over the police inaction in the last 18 days. Also Read - President Kovind, PM Modi, Others Extend Greetings To Nation On Guru Nanak Jayanti

“I am going to go to the Supreme Court anytime next week. These criminals have not been arrested even after 18 days of the attack. No one has been identified… This is all deliberate,” Swami Agnivesh was quoted by NDTV as saying. Also Read - PM Modi To Inaugurate Widened NH Stretch, Attend Dev Deepawali in Varanasi Today

Addressing a seminar with the theme “Standing up to hatred; Violence and intolerance in contemporary India” in Thiruvananthapuram, Swami Agnivesh attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that he along with BJP chief Amit Shah had captured the party and the RSS. Also Read - India To Host SCO Heads of Government Summit Today; PM Modi, Imran Khan To Skip

“In a way everything, he (Modi) is like a dictator like Adolf Hitler… Hitler also came to power through democracy and not by a army coup,” Agnivesh said.

He also accused the Sangh Parivar of propagating communal hatred and urged the people to come togther and fight the ‘menace’.

“Today we need to come together, close our ranks, fight the menace of communalism in the great spirit of saving democracy, Indian constitution and saving the greatest Hindu civilisation,” he said.

“In a way everything, he (Modi) is like a dictator like Adolf Hitler… Hitler also came to power through democracy and not by a army coup,” Agnivesh said.

Recalling the attack on him in Pakur in Jarkhand, he said “I survived just with the grace of God. The mob would have killed me. I thought I am finished’, the 79-year-old said.

Agnivesh said he was still having pain in the stomach due to the thrashing he received from the mob.

Known for his movement against bonded labour and untouchability, the activist was attacked by the mob before he was to attend a protest by tribals against alleged violation of their rights and land acquisition at Littipada.

Addressing the seminar, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor came down heavily on the BJP led government at the Centre and said that spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda would face violent attacks for endorsing humanity in present-day India.

“I’m convinced if Swami Vivekananda were to come to today’s India, he would be the target of these goondas that Swami Agnivesh has been. They will bring engine oil to throw at his face and will also try to knock him down on the streets because Swami Vivekananda would be saying, respect people. He would say humanity is more important,” Tharoor was quoted by NDTV as saying.

He further claimed communal violence, killing in the name of cow vigilantism had increased in the last four years.

Tharoor alleged that as per Home Ministry statistics 2,920 incidents of communal violence had occurred in the country in the last four years, leaving 389 people dead and scores injured.

He said such incidents had increased as Modi had not come out openly and condemned the killings.

The seminar was organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies, run by the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee.