Activist Swami Agnivesh assaulted allegedly by BJP, ABVP workers

RANCHI: Social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted allegedly by Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and ABVP activists in broad daylight in Jharkhand’s Pakur district on Tuesday.

According to reports, the 78-year-old was punched, kicked and pushed to the ground by BJYM, ABVP activists when he was going to participate in the 195th Damin Mahotsav at Littpara. The incident which occurred just when he stepped out of his hotel left him shaken.

In the video of the assault that has gone viral, the attackers first shouted slogans and showed black flags and later thrashed him chanting “Jai Sri Ram” even as he fell on the ground and his aides did their best to protect him.

An injured Agnivesh was later rushed to hospital. The police detained 20 of the attackers.