Day after, Congress cries bloody murder

As 'BJP man' is held for attack on Rahul's car, protests erupt

Police personnel detain Congress activists in Delhi and Ahmedabad on Saturday as nationwide protests erupted against the attack on Rahul Gandhi's car in Gujarat a day prior. Pics/ AFP & PTI
Police personnel detain Congress activists in Delhi and Ahmedabad on Saturday as nationwide protests erupted against the attack on Rahul Gandhi's car in Gujarat a day prior. Pics/ AFP & PTI

The police yesterday arrested a person for allegedly throwing a stone on the car of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Banaskantha district when he was on a visit to the flood-hit areas of Gujarat.

Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Niraj Badgujar identified the accused as Jayesh Darji alias Anil Rathod. Congress leaders claimed that he was a local office-bearer of the BJP's youth outfit.

"We have arrested one person named Jayesh Darji alias Anil Rathod for allegedly throwing a stone at the vehicle in which Gandhi was travelling," Badgujar said. "We arrested Darji after his name was given by Congress members during the course of investigation."

"We will interrogate him about the incident. More names may come up as investigation progresses," he added.

The Congress claimed that Darji was belonged to BJP Yuva Morcha and he was behind the incident yesterday. "Jayesh Darji is the secretary of Banaskantha district BJP Yuva Morcha. He is the man who threw the stone at Rahul Gandhi. We have also submitted names of three more persons who conspired along with Darji to throw the stone at Gandhi's vehicle," claimed district Congress general secretary Prithviraj Kathwadia.

The police added section 332 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty) in the FIR registered in connection with the incident after confirming that an SPG jawan was hurt, Badgujar said.

The FIR against unknown persons was filed under sections 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life) and 427 (mischief causing damage to property) of the IPC. "We have confirmed that an SPG jawan who was travelling in the vehicle with Rahul Gandhi and was on the back seat of the vehicle sustained minor injuries from the glass that broke after getting hit by a stone," he said.

The matter is being investigated by Additional Director General of Police Mohan Jha.

Gandhi escaped unhurt after some unidentified persons threw a stone at the car in which he was travelling, breaking the glass pane of the rear window of the vehicle. The incident triggered sharp protests from the Congress. Gandhi was on a visit to the flood-affected town.

Bengal likely to write to Centre to declare floods in state as national disaster
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is likely to write a letter to the Centre to declare the recent floods in West Bengal a national disaster.

According to a senior state government official, a review meeting on the flood situation in 14 districts of the state is likely be held at the state secretariat tomorrow in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. After that a letter is likely to be sent to the BJP-led Central government to declare the current flood situation in West Bengal as a national disaster and release funds, the official said.

Activists hit the streets
Scores of Congress activists staged demonstrations in Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra to protest the attack on Rahul Gandhi's car. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken led a protest march to Gujarat Bhawan in Delhi and called the attack "an attack on democracy". "The BJP leadership should not force the Congress to cross the line by attacking him (Gandhi)," he said. Maken asked the Gujarat government to take immediate action against those involved in the attack.

In Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Gandhinagar, the activists blocked roads and burnt effigies of the BJP. In Rajkot, two Congress workers were detained while they were moving towards the residence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to stage a protest.

Cadres of the Congress' Tamil Nadu unit squatted on a road, raised slogans against the attack and demanded action. The police detained them for blocking traffic.

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