Pakur, Jul 17: Eminent social workers and former Rajya Sabha MP Swami
Agnivesh was badly beaten by the workers and supporters of the
Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarathi Parishad
outside a city hotel here.
Swami Agnivesh was the chief guest in a function which was being
organised by Akhil Bhartiya Aadim Janjati Vikas Samiti at Littipara of
this district. As soon as he stepped out of the hotel and went in to
board his car he was attacked by the workers of the BJYM, BJP and the
ABVP who were protesting outside the hotel. They attackers also
indulged in slogan shouting against Swami Agnivesh.
Somehow the organisers of the event managed to rescue him from the
attackers and took him inside the hotel but by that time his clothes
had also been torn. Half an hour later SDPO alongwith other policemen
reached on the spot and later took the workers of the BJYM and ABVP
into custody. Another team of judicial magistrate and Sadar BDO
coupled with doctors and other staff also reached at the spot and
treated Swami Agnivesh.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das ordered a high
level probe into the beating up of eminent social worker Swami
Agnivesh by workers and supporters of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha and
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad in Pakur district of the state.
The Chief Minister has expressed concern over the entire episode and
has directed the divisional commissioner of Santhal Pargana and DIG of
Dumka Range to conduct a probe into the incident. Swami Agniwesh was
beaten up as he stepped out of his hotel and went to board his car as
he was to participate in a function organised among the primitive
tribes in Littipara block of Pakur district.
On the other hand Pakur SP Shailendra Barnwal said that neither him
nor the police administration had any information regarding the visit
of Swami Agnivesh. He said that the matter is being probed and none of
the guilty would be spared. On the other hand post the incident Swami
Agnivesh said that the district administration was informed in advance
regarding his programme and alleged that attack on him was deliberate.
He said that he had also tried to contact the DC and the SP over the
issue but they did not respond.
Later talking to the press Swami Agnivesh described the attack on him
as a conspiracy by the government and the administration. He said that
despite decades of agitation he had been never subjected to such type
of treatment. He said that the DGP, Chief Secretary and DC and SP of
Pakur were also informed about the incident but on one came to inquire
into his well being.
Swamiji said that despite the workers of BJYM and ABVP protesting for
so long outside the hotel no police was deployed and accused the state
government of conducting the attack on him as part of a conspiracy.
The incident gave further ammunition to the opposition parties in the
state to attack the BJP and organisations affiliated to it with former
Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi describing it as an attack on
freedom of expression of speech while Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Chief
Dr Ajay Kumar said that the attack was part of larger conspiracy to
flare up further communal divide in the nation.