Kejri meets autowallah, accused apologises
Kejri Meets Autowallah, Accused Apologises, Ahead of the polling in Delhi slated for Thursday, AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal reached out to the Autowallah Laali, who had slapped him on Tuesday. Kejriwal later declared, “I forgave him
- Lali spoke to AAP leader with folded hands, and tried to touch his feet
- I apologise. I committed a huge mistake by attacking Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi: Ahead of the polling in Delhi slated for Thursday, AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal reached out to the Autowallah Laali, who had slapped him on Tuesday. Kejriwal later declared, “I forgave him. ”Kejriwal called on Lali, the auto-rickshaw driver, who slapped him in Sultanpuri in North-West Delhi parliamentary constituency, when he was campaigning on Tuesday. Lali was a picture of contrition as he spoke to the AAP leader with folded hands, and tried to touch his feet. Laali later said, “I apologise. I committed a huge mistake by attacking him.” Arvind Kejriwal has faced several attacks in the past few weeks. He has earlier had ink, mobil oil and even an egg hurled at him in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, where he is contesting against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The AAP leader was in an open jeep when Laali initially garlanded him and then struck him hard on his left cheek, leaving him with a swollen eye.
Laali, 38, was immediately thrown on to the ground beaten up black and blue by AAP workers. He was taken to a hospital later. Kejriwal called off his road-show and meditated at Rajghat after the attack and later issued an appeal not to beat those, who may attack him. Kejriwal alleged a larger conspiracy, "Assault me as much as you want, I won't retaliate. In future, we will have more dangerous and life-threatening attacks, but we must be ready to face them and not retaliate." “This was the fifth such attack on me. I forgive all the attackers. My fight is not against any individual but against the system and probably the attackers were themselves victims of the system,” Kejriwal told reporters.
Kejriwal on Wednesday told Delhi Police to track down those masterminding attacks on him, and reiterated his refusal to accept the security cover he is entitled to. "Get to the masterminds and these attacks will stop," the former chief minister told police commissioner B.S. Bassi, adding the latter pledged to monitor the investigation into the attacks on Kejriwal.