Hyderabad: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti was allegedly attacked by a group of youths at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport parking lot on Sunday night.
When the youth saw Mr. Somnath they started abusing him and his AAP cadre who were waiting for him in three vehicles in the arrival area. An altercation broke out between the activists and youths in which one of the party workers got injured.
Mr.Somnath Bharti who was also the South India in-charge of AAP was on the way to Hyderabad to address a gathering on Monday. He said. “As soon as I sat in the vehicle they attacked my vehicle. I appeal to the Telangana police to inquire into the incident.”
Inspector Mahesh of RGI Airport said the AAP cadre did not give way to the passenger. “When the car owner honked, the activists picked up an argument. Later, they manhandled him and damaged the car. We found that the car owner was the victim,” he said.
But the AAP activists said the owner of the car shouted at them and abused them. “He took out an iron rod, broke the rear lamps of the vehicle and headed towards Somnath, but we covered him. He attacked me injuring my hands, ribs, and chest,” AAP TS joint secretary Hyder Abbas said.
Srisailam, AAP’s TS secretary said they are still clueless about the attackers. “They shouted Go back to Delhi. They could have been motivated by some right-wing groups,” he said.
Mr. Srisailam added that they will file a complaint on Tuesday. “Though the complaint is delayed we are confident CCTV footage will prove it,” he said.
Airport police said that they did not receive any complaint from AAP activists.