New Delhi, Aug 17: Swami Agnivesh, social activist and spiritual leader, was on Friday assaulted outside the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in New Delhi on Friday. Agnivesh was on his way to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on Thursday following a prolonged illness. Also Read - Former Union Minister Arjun Charan Sethi Passes Away at 79 in Odisha
The video of the Agnivesh’s assault shows nearly a dozen people attacking him and pushing him. Speaking to NDTV, the social activist said that he was on his way to pay homage to Vajpayee and had even spoken to BJP leader Harsh Vardhan. “He told me you can come inside. As soon as I reached the office, people started raising slogans against me and calling me a traitor,” he said. Also Read - National Technology Day: PM Modi Remembers the Historic Pokhran Test, Hails Indian Scientists & Engineers
Swami Agnivesh alleged that he was beaten up right outside the BJP headquarters. “They removed my turban. We were only two-three people and couldn’t have done anything. I tried to make them understand that resorting to such things on this day would give a bad impression, they didn’t listen to me. When I tried to leave, they insulted me,” he said. Also Read - Tejasvi Surya Controversy: Govt Asks Twitter to Remove Bengaluru MP's Tweet Linking Terrorism to Islam
The assault incident has come exactly a month after assaulted by a group of suspected Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists shouting “Jai Shri Ram” slogans at Pakur in Jharkhand, following which the state ordered a probe. A group of people pounced on the 78-year-old activist as soon as he stepped out of a hotel to get into a car to take part in the 195th Damin Mahotsav at Littpara.
“Go back Agnivesh, go back Agnivesh! You have to recite Vande Matram if you have to stay in India,” the police said. Agnivesh was flanked by tribals who were holding bows and arrows when the mob attacked him. Even as he kept asking what they wanted, the attackers thrashed him.