New Delhi: Swami Agnivesh was roughed up outside the BJP office in Delhi on Friday, in a second attack in a month on the 79-year-old social activist. He was attacked on his way to the BJP office to pay tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on Thursday.
Agnivesh was earlier beaten up by a mob that allegedly included BJP workers. Friday's attack on Swami Agnivesh has been caught on camera, which shows the saffron-robed activist chased and pushed by a group that can be heard calling him "traitor" as he keeps walking and tries to get away.
A man yanks his turban, while a woman can be seen holding her slipper as if ready to hit him with it. Later, Agnivesh was taken to safety by the police in a van. Swami Agnivesh was assaulted in Jharkhand on July 17 and this was also caught on camera but no arrest has been made in that case yet.
"It was a lynch mob. A mob of 100-150 people attacked me. I was pushed and I fell. I was on the ground, my clothes torn... they accused me of supporting gau maas (beef). They raised slogans of Jai Sri Ram. Abused me," Swami Agnivesh said.
"With folded hands I kept saying -- what's the problem, what is my mistake, why are you angry? Nobody listened to me."