India's AAP party office vandalised

Hindu fringe group attacks office in Delhi suburb over remarks made by AAP leader on Indian-administered Kashmir.

    India's AAP party office vandalised
    AAP leader and youngest minister in Delhi government, Rakhi Birla, middle, was attacked earlier this week [EPA]

    A mob has attacked and vandalised the headquarters and office of Aam Aadmi Party in western suburb of Delhi, close to the home of newly elected Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

    Reports say about 30 members of the Hindu Raksha Dal, owing allegiance to Hindu nationalist groups, attacked the office in Ghaziabad, a satellite city of Delhi located in Uttar Pradesh state.

    The attack against the AAP office was apparently in protest against AAP leader Prashant Bhushan’s call for referendum in the India-administered Kashmir in an interview to HeadlinesToday news channel.

    Bhushan has blamed the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and its affiliated groups for the attack, according to NDTV news channel.

    Some of the attackers were carrying placards of Hindu Raksha Dal and images of attackers waving red flags were also released on Twitter and TV channels.

    The Hindu Raksha Dal is a fringe group whose Facebook page calls itself "a soldier of Hindutva".

    Armed and dangerous

    Dilip Pandey, AAP leader who witnessed the attack, told reporters that the attackers were armed with lathis (batons and sticks) and hurled stones to smash the windows and damage the office from inside.

    He said no AAP worker was injured though office property was destroyed.

    "We have video footage of the attackers and seek immediate action," said Pandey according to a India Today report.

    Local police have told reporters that with the help of the video footage the culprits would be caught.

    CCTV footage shows the attackers entering the office and smashing window panes and damaging property.

    AAP leader and youngest minister in Delhi government, Rakhi Birla, was attacked earlier this week, while Satosh Koli, a 29-year-old AAP member, was killed in the same area where today’s attack occurred in a hit-and-run case in June last year.

    The AAP leaders, including the Delhi chief minister, have insisted on minimum security despite.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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