Ink attack on Kejriwal: Court remands attacker to one-day police custody

Cops sought Bhavna Arora's custody claiming they wanted to investigate the involvement of co-conspirators

New Delhi: A Delhi court yesterday sent a woman, accused of throwing ink at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a rally here following the completion of government's odd-even experiment, to one-day police custody.

behind bars: Bhavna Arora
Behind bars: Bhavna Arora

Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar remanded Bhavna Arora to police custody till tomorrow after the investigating agency said that her custodial interrogation was required to unearth the truth behind the incident.

In closed-door proceedings, the police told the court that 26-year-old Arora's custody was required to investigate whether there were other persons involved in the matter who conspired with her.

According to court sources, police said the real motive behind the act was needed to be ascertained and find out whether the woman was involved in some other cases as well. The advocate appearing for Arora, however, opposed the police custody plea and sought bail for her.

The counsel claimed that the offence committed by Arora was not serious and being a woman, she should be released.

Arora had thrown ink on Kejriwal when he was addressing a 'thanksgiving' rally at Chhatrasal Stadium on Sunday following the 'success' of his government's odd-even experiment, prompting angry reaction from AAP government which termed the incident as a part of 'BJP conspiracy'.

Attack a big rehearsal: AAP

The AAP yesterday alleged that the ink attack on Kejriwal was part of a ‘big rehearsal’ to possibly ‘physically harm’ him in the future and that deliberately lax security was being provided to him by Delhi Police.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

AAP leader Ashutosh claimed that ‘not a single’ security person escorted the Delhi Chief Minister, who comes in Z-plus category, during his recent train journey from Punjab to the national capital after addressing a public rally there. He said the ink attack was not only ‘shameful’ but also serious as India has had a history of assassinations of top leaders including former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

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