Chilli powder thrown at Arvind Kejriwal, AAP blames police lapses

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International desk, November 20: Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party said that the Delhi Police, controlled by the BJP-ruled centre, had repeatedly failed at protecting the Chief Minister.A man threw chilli powder at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal outside his office at the secretariat today, provoking outrage from his party which lashed out at the police for a “serious security lapse”. The attacker, identified as Anil Kumar, has been taken into custody, officials said.

Arvind Kejriwal was leaving for lunch after finishing up meetings when the attack took place outside the chief minister’s chamber on the third floor, AAP lawmaker Alka Lamba said, NDTV reports.

“The accused called out to the chief minister, took out a letter along with chilli powder from his pocket and threw it at him. The chilli powder did not go in the eyes of Arvind Kejriwal as he wears glasses. But the glasses fell and broke as the chief minister tried to duck,” Ms Lamba to NDTV.

She accused the Delhi Police, which is controlled by the BJP-led central government, of “completely failing” to ensure the Chief Minister’s security.

“The Delhi Police has repeatedly failed to stop anti-social elements from entering the secretariat. They are doing this on the directions of the BJP that rules the centre,” she said.

Calling it a dangerous attack, Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party alleged the BJP had sent out word that whoever targeted the Chief Minister or his party would be protected.

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said he was behind the Chief Minister when the attack took place.

The BJP has condemned the incident.

“I strongly condemn it. This should not be tolerated or justified. The matter should be investigated,” Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said.

Mr Kejriwal, 50, has in the past been attacked with ink, slippers and slapped while campaigning for elections.