NEW DELHI: Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party claimed Thursday that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence had been “attacked by BJP goons” who, the AAP claimed, had acted with the support of police personnel meant to ensure the safety and security of Sisodia and his family, reports NDTV.
Shocking visuals from videos posted online by Sisodia and AAP leaders Atishi and Raghav Chadha showed dozens of men marching up to the Deputy Chief Minister’s residence and forcing their way past a handful of policemen, at least one of whom had what looked like an assault rifle.The videos show the mob pushing the police aside - they seemed to surrender to the situation rather meekly - and hammer on the gates till they fly open. As the mob makes its way inside the compound, some policemen follow them in and try to stop them from proceeding any further.
According to news agency ANI, a case has been filed and six people have been arrested.
Sisodia, who was not home at the time, tweeted: “Today, in my absence, BJP goons broke into my house and tried to attack my wife and children. You (tagging Union Home Minister Amit Shah, to whom Delhi Police reports) may have lost the political battle but this is how you will respond?”
“This seems to be an orchestrated and premeditated attack at the behest of the Home Minister with police very clearly just standing by,” AAP’s Raghav Chadha told NDTV, adding that half the house had been vandalised and the family (including Sisodia’s mother) had been left shaken.
AAP leaders, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, launched scathing counter-attacks on Shah and accused him of pulling the strings.
Kejriwal, whom the party alleged Tuesday had been placed under “house arrest” after visiting farmers protesting against the farm laws, said “in a democracy it is worrying to target political leaders”.