The Delhi Police registered a case under IPC Section 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) against the man who slapped Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during an AAP rally on Saturday.
The man, identified as Suresh, climbed atop an open vehicle carrying the AAP chief and slapped him hard on the face before getting taken down by AAP supporters. The incident was captured on camera.
Kejriwal was at the time campaigning in Moti Nagar area.
Police said that Suresh, 33, runs a spare parts shop in Kailash Park. He was detained on Saturday for questioning at the Moti Nagar police station.
The AAP accused the BJP and Modi government of “sponsoring” the attack.
Pankaj Gupta, AAP National Secretary and Lok Sabha candidate for Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency tweeted: “I strongly condemn the attack on Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal. He is a democratically elected Chief Minister who deserves all the dignity and security of his office. Why is the ruling party afraid of his popularity among the masses of Delhi?”
I strongly condemn the attack on Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal. He is a democratically elected Chief Minister who deserves all the dignity and security of his office. Why is the ruling party afraid of his popularity among the masses of Delhi? #BJPScaredOfKejriwal
— Pankaj Gupta (@pankajgupta) May 4, 2019
Sanjay Singh, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from the AAP tweeted: “@ArvindKejriwal ki suraksha mnein baar baar chuk kya Modi sarkar @ArvindKejriwal par kisi bare hamle ka intzar kar rahi hai? Ya phir koi bari sajish hai? (Repeated failure of security of Arvind Kejriwal. Is the Modi government waiting for a big attack on Arvind Kejriwal? Is it part of some bigger conspiracy?).”
— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) May 4, 2019
In a tweet posted from its official handle, the AAP said that “this opposition sponsored attack cannot stop the Aam Aadmi in Delhi”.