Activist Swami Agnivesh was reportedly attacked outside the BJP office on New Delhi's Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg on Friday, Aug 17. The social activist was on his way to pay his last tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpyee who passed away yesterday, Aug 16, evening.
A video of the assault tweeted by The Indian Express is also going viral which shows Agnivesh being followed by a group of people and then being pushed by them on the road. It also shows a woman raising her slipper at the activist. The people following the activist also raised slogans of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Deshdroshi Wapas Jao', just a few metres away from the BJP headquarters.
Following the attacks, Agnivesh told media that it was a "murderous assault" and informed that he has requested the police to look into the matter. He further said that he doesn't know why the attackers were angry with him. He also said that the government should have provided him security after he was attacked last month.
The Delhi police rushed to the spot and rescued him immediately. The activist is currently being taken care of by medical professionals in a hospital.
The attack comes close on heels of another such attack on the activist last month when he was assaulted by a mob of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Jharkhand. Agnivesh had gone to the Littipara stadium in Pakur to attend a programme related to the Paharia tribe. After the attack, he had said that the attack was "state sponsored".