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Attack on Rahul Gandhi: One person detained

Rahul Gandhi's car was attacked on Friday when he was on his way to the helipad after visiting the flood-hit areas in Gujarat. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 05, 2017, 09.10 AM (IST)

One person has been detained in for allegedly throwing a stone at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's car while he was on a visit to the flood-hit Banaskantha in Gujarat.

A top police official from Banaskantha confirmed to PTI that the accused, Jayesh Darji alias Anil Rathod, has been detained by the police over the attack on Rahul Gandhi's convoy in Dhanera yesterday. 

He said the accused had been arrested after Congress workers gave his name during investigations.

"We have arrested one person named Jayesh Darji alias Anil Rathod for allegedly throwing a stone at the vehicle in which Gandhi was travelling," Banaskantha  Superintendent of Police Niraj Badgujar told PTI.

"We arrested Darji after his name was given by Congress members during the course of investigation," Badgujar said.

The Congress claimed that Darji was a BJP worker and was behind yesterday's incident.

"Jayesh Darji is the secretary of Banaskantha district BJP Yuva Morcha. He is the man who threw the stone at Rahul Gandhi. We have also submitted names of three more persons who conspired along with Darji to throw the stone at Gandhi's vehicle," said district Congress general secretary, Prithviraj Kathwadia.

 

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Rahul Gandhi has asked Congress workers to call off protests being staged by them to protest the attack on him. He asked them to "divert their energy in helping the people affected by floods in the state".

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Congress workers staged protests across the nation today including in Gujarat capital Ahmedabad, Punjab capital Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal and Maharashtra capital Mumbai.

In Ghatkopar, the Mumbai Youth Congress workers threw flowers inside the BJP office and shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

Earlier in the day, Rahul cornered Prime Minister Modi, calling the incident the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) way of politics.

"In yesterday's incident, BJP workers threw a stone at me which hit my personal security officer (PSO). This is Prime Minister Modi and BJP- RSS 's way of politics. What can I say?" Rahul told the press.

Indirectly referring to the prime minister, Rahul Gandhi said, "Why the one, who has done this, would condemn the incident?"

The Congress said the "murderous" attack on Rahul Gandhi was orchestrated the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and that both parties believed in violence, intimidation and physical assaults on political opponents or leaders.

Senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media during the press conference, "I termed such an attempt a murderous attack by the BJP and RSS on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. The Central Government and the state government are answerable to this.They are responsible for Rahul Gandhi's security in upcoming election campaigning. Rahul Gandhi was under SPG protectee when he was attacked by a boulder."

Senior party leader Anand Sharma said such attacks not only deserved serious condemnation but also the exposure of the intent, ideology, characteristic of the BJP and the RSS.

"Whatever happened is unacceptable in Indian democracy. Not only does it deserve serious condemnation but also the exposure of the intent, ideology, characteristic of the BJP and the RSS which believe in violence, intimidation and physical assaults on political opponents or leaders. We will fight against the BJP and the RSS agenda," Anand Sharma said.

Rahul's car was attacked on Friday when he was on his way to the helipad after visiting the flood-hit areas in Gujarat.

After the attack, Rahul wrote on Twitter: Narendra Modi ji's slogans, black flags and stones will not stop us.... We will put in all our might into the service of people.

Condemning the incident, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that a senior officer has been appointed to investigate the incident and assured that a strict action will be taken against the guilty.

He tweeted: I condemn the unfortunate attack on Rahul Gandhi's convoy. I have instructed officers to take strict action against those responsible. Govt has appointed Add DG rank officer to investigate in detail and will take strict action against those found responsible.

Banaskantha is represented by six Congress legislators who have been flown by the Congress to a resort in Bengaluru to protect them from being poached before the Rajya Sabha polls.
 

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