The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday alleged that the Delhi Police “deliberately” left gaps in the security of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal that led to an ink attack on him on Sunday, and expressed “shock” that the union home ministry hasn’t launched an inquiry into the incident so far.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, AAP spokesperson Ashutosh said that the ink-throwing incident “smacks of a deep rooted conspiracy”.
“There is a history of political assassinations in the country. Police claims that after due assessment of threat perception the Delhi chief minister had been given Z-level security. Police have also been claiming that they had specific intelligence about possibility of terror attacks in Delhi and in wake of it they are in a state of high alert,” he said.
“In such a situation and with Z-level security cover to the chief minister, it was not possible for a woman to breach the security cover and attack the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues without active connivance of Delhi Police officials. In an ordinary situation, a probe would have been initiated to look into the incident to fix responsibility of officials. The central government needs to answer why no such probe has initiated,” asked Ashutosh.
The woman, identified as Bhavna Arora, was on Monday sent to one-day police custody by a local court in Delhi.
On the other hand, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said, “We made adequate security arrangements; all necessary security arrangements [for DelhiCM at Chhatersal Stadium].”
“We don’t believe that it was a case of security lapse. Developments in the recent past point towards a deep-rooted conspiracy. It was not first such lapse. While coming back after addressing the rally in Punjab, no Delhi Police official or jawan accompanied Arvind Kejriwal during his train journey to Delhi [from Punjab],” claimed Ashutosh.
“These security gaps, it seems, are being deliberately left to give attackers a chance. We still do not know who had killed Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Haren Pandya when Mr. Narendra Modi was chief minister [of Gujarat],” he said.
Ashutosh further pointed out the history of political assassinations in India.
“Political conspiracies are hatched to eliminate political opponents. Delhi Police has been acting as a political tool of their political masters. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has been directly controlling the Delhi Police. Not instituting a probe into the incident of ink attack shows that gaps in Arvind Kejriwal’s security are being left deliberately and it could lead to an untoward incident. Terror outfits can take advantage of these security lapses and can carry out an attack,” he said.
Delhi state convenor Dilip Pandey said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is directly responsible of chief minister’s security in Delhi. He cannot escape the responsibility. The PMO has to come clean by instituting an inquiry and fixing responsibility of police officers involved in the incident.”