Atal Bihari Vajpayee funeral: Swami Agnivesh attacked at BJP office
New Delhi : Swami Agnivesh has reportedly been manhandled by the public near BJP office where he had gone to pay his last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This is the second attack on the social activist within a time period of one month.
"I had gone to pay my respects to Vajpayee ji. Because of the police pickets, I had to walk down the last stretch... suddenly a group of people came and attacked us. There were two-three of us and they were quite a few. They beat us badly, pushed us around, abused us and knocked off my turban," Mr Agnivesh told NDTV on the phone.
"They kept shouting 'he's a traitor, he's a traitor, beat him'," he added.
Earlier, on July 17 he was thrashed, punched and kicked by a mob allegedly of BJP workers in Jharkhand's Pakur.
"It was a lynch mob. A mob of 100-150 people attacked me. I was pushed and I fell. I was on the ground, my clothes torn... they accused me of supporting gau maas (beef). They raised slogans of Jai Sri Ram. Abused me," Swami Agnivesh told NDTV later.
"With folded hands, I kept saying -- what's the problem, what is my mistake, why are you angry? Nobody listened to me."