New Delhi, Mar 8 IBNS | 9 months ago

A man attacked senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav on Saturday and smeared his face with ink during an event in Delhi.

The attack came while Yadav was speaking to reporters here.

A person wearing an AAP cap and a badge came from the back of the stage and smeared ink all over his face. The man was raising slogans saying "Bharat Mata ki Jai."

The attacker, identified as Sagar Bhandari, is a resident of Shalimar Bagh. Soon after the incident, he was detained by the police and was later taken to RML Hospital for medical check up. Sagar claims to be a disgruntled AAP worker.

Unfazed by the attack, Yadav told reporters: "I don't even know who this person was or why he did this...But I do understand that when you come to politics and be in bigwigs, this kind of things happen."

Following the attack, Yadav also tweeted: "I am not embarrassed by the ink on my face, its just an act of cowardice. Request all #AAP supporters to ignore."

Appreciating AAP workers for remaining calm, he posted: "Nice to note all #AAP volunteers remained calm, this is the change #AAP is about."

"We should expect such incidents, its the beginning of change in #India, a small party taking on years of corruption & decay," he further said.

The AAP leader, however, went to Parliament Street Police Station here and requested the police not to detain the attacker.

"Went to Parl Street police station. Gave written request not to detain the attacker or register a case," Yadav tweeted.

"They say the attacker is one sagar Bhandari. Never known or heard about him. Wanted to meet him but police said not possible," he posted.

(Posted on 09-03-2014)

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