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Swami Agnivesh Reportedly Assaulted, Heckled Outside BJP Office in Delhi

The activist was on his way to pay respects to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Bharatiya Janata Party office.

New Delhi: Activist Swami Agnivesh was reportedly assaulted and heckled in the capital today, while on his way to pay respects to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Bharatiya Janata Party office.

In a video doing the rounds on social media, a group of men and women are chasing the activist and roughing him up. A woman also raises her slipper to hit Agnivesh with at one point in the video.

The Delhi police went to the spot to rescue him, News18 reported.

Exactly one month ago, on July 17, Agnivesh was attacked in Jharkhand allegedly by BJP Yuva Morcha workers. The attackers had then hurled slogans like “Jai Sri Ram” and “Go back Agnivesh”, beat him, pushed him to the ground and tore at his clothes. Ten days ago, Agnivesh said he would approach the Supreme Court as those who attacked him were still roaming free and nobody had been arrested.

The BJP had denied that its party workers were responsible for the attack in Jharkhand, but also said that the incident wasn’t surprising considering the activist’s “track record”.