Swami Agnivesh was beaten up allegedly by BJP workers on Friday, while he was on his way to pay homage to the late former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was attacked in New Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyaya marg area reportedly by BJP workers as they were infuriated with him for his defamatory speech against the BJP in Jharkhand.
Earlier on July 17,Agnivesh, a social activist was kicked and slapped allegedly by a BJP-affiliated youth group in Pakur of Jharkhand, soon after he addressed a press conference, in which he attacked the BJP. In the said press conference, Agnivesh allegedly slammed the BJP for acquiring the lands of the tribals and giving it to the corporates. His attackers even raised slogans against him urging him to go back. Following the attack, the social activist had to be admitted in a hospital.
Later, while speaking to the media, Agnivesh had claimed that he believed the “attack was preplanned”.
"I demand an investigation regarding this incident. I am against violence. This is the first time in 80 years that I have been attacked like this. We have all the footage. The government should introspect as who did this. We have tried to contact Rajnath Singh ji over this matter. I condemn this incident," Swami Agnivesh had said.
The police, after the attack, had lodged an FIR against 100 persons under various sections of the IPC, including 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly) and 307 (Attempt to murder), and the Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Meanwhile, the mortal remains of the late statesman, Vajpayee, has been taken from the BJP headquarters to 'Smriti Sthal' in New Delhi for the funeral. Along with throngs of people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, took part in the final procession of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Along with the big names and celebrities from India, several global leaders and diplomats too paid tribute to Vajpayee and took part in his final procession.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at 5.05 pm in AIIMS, New Delhi, wherein he was admitted on June 11 due to kidney-related and respiratory woes.