Aam Aadmi Party MLA Alka Lamba attacked during anti-drug drive in Delhi

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Aam Aadmi Party MLA Alka Lamba was allegedly attacked with a stone in north Delhi’s Kashmere Gate area where she was participating in an anti-drug drive early on Sunday morning.

The legislator from Chandni Chowk was injured and was treated at Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital. Her head was bandaged even as the medical report termed the wound as superficial in nature.

The incident took place around 6.30 am while Lamba and her supporters visited Hanuman temple at Yamuna Bazar to begin an anti-drug drive. “She was telling us to give up smoking beedis when she suddenly dabbed a napkin on her head. She said someone had hurled a stone at her,” said Bablu, one of the youths Lamba was speaking to.

Immediately after the attack, Lamba pointed to a young man perched on a sweet shop as the suspect. A police team accompanying her nabbed the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Jatin. Madhur Verma, DCP (North), said, “He has been held and booked under IPC 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt),” said the DCP.

Meanwhile, a 20-second CCTV footage, captured soon after the attack and doing the rounds on social media late on Sunday, purportedly shows Lamba and one of her associates ransacking the counter of the shop. That led to the trending of the hashtag #YoAlkaSoFarji on Twitter. The authenticity of the video could not be immediately verified.

Jatin’s interrogators said he has claimed innocence. “He says he had just woken up and was seeing the activity going on below the sweet shop,” said an officer. Lamba and other AAP leaders saw the attack as a conspiracy. Apart from tweeting their suspicions, the party also held a press conference and alleged that the attack took place at the behest of Om Prakash Sharma, the BJP MLA from Vishwas Nagar.

Two sweet shops in the temple complex belong to Sharma’s relatives. Jatin is alleged to be working at one of the two shops. The employees of the two shops dismissed the allegations and claimed no one in that name worked for them.

AAP’s national spokesperson Sanjay Singh demanded that police probe the role of the BJP MLA. “There have been many instances where political leaders’ names are linked with drugs business. Drug peddling could not thrive without the involvement of local leaders and police,” he alleged.

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