Arvind Kejriwal's AAP HQ attacked, Kumar Vishwas blames Bharatiya Janata Party, Hindu Raksha Dal chief arrested

Jan 08 2014, 16:49 IST
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Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party had distanced itself from Prashant Bhushan's views on Kashmir. (PTI) Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party had distanced itself from Prashant Bhushan's views on Kashmir. (PTI)
SummaryArvind Kejriwal, who shunned security, now gets added protection as Prashant Bhushan row rages.

Activists of a right-wing group today attacked and vandalised the headquarters of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party in Kaushambi here with bricks and stones to protest against party leader Prashant Bhushan's remarks on referendum in Kashmir.

However, hours after the attack on Aam Aadmi Party's Kaushambi office here, Ghaziabad Police today arrested the national convenor of Hindu Raksha Dal from Sahibabad area in connection with the incident.

Besides arresting national convener of Hindu Raksha Dal Pinki Choudhary in connection with the attack, police have detained another person in the regard.

"We have arrested an accused for the attack on AAP's office. Police are also scanning footage of CCTV installed at party's office to identify other accused, who would also be arrested soon," Rav Vijay Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, told reporters here.

Around 40 activists of Hindu Raksha Dal broke flower pots kept outside the AAP's office and tore party posters. Some glass doors were also smashed in the attack.

We today staged a protest against AAP's stand on Kashmir. AAP leader Prashant Bhushan's remark on Kashmir are very sad for Hindus due to which we staged a protest outside the party office," said Pinky Choudhary, national convenor, Hindu Raksha Dal.

Police said no one was injured in the attack.

SSP Dharmendra Singh said, "We have identified some people. They were some residents of Ghaziabad and the numbers of their cars have been noted. Action against them will be initiated soon."

AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey said, "Some youths, who are said to belong to Hindu Raksha Dal, gathered outside the party office and raised slogans against AAP. They also broke flower pots placed outside the party office".

Police have registered a case against unknown persons.

The SSP said there was no security at the party office but policemen have now been deployed there and at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence which is just a kilometre away.

He said they will again take up the issue of security with Kejriwal and try to convince him about that.Earlier, Kejriwal had turned down the security offered to him by Ghaziabad and Delhi Police.

Bhushan had recently said a referendum should be carried out in Kashmir to decide on deployment of the army to deal with security threats in the Valley.

However, the Aam Aadmi Party had distanced itself from his views.

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas blamed BJP for the incident, saying it is frustrated over Delhi Assembly election results. "Now they fear

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