New Delhi: A man who hands Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a letter outside his office, swoops down to touch his feet, gets up and forcefully smears chilli powder on his face.
The incident took place inside one of the capital city’s most protected buildings on Tuesday, the Delhi Secretariat, provoking outrage from Mr Kejriwal’s party and even critics.
The attacker, identified as 40-year-old Anil Kumar Sharma, has been taken into custody, the police said. However, they said they were investigating if the chilli powder “fell unintentionally”.
Arvind Kejriwal was leaving for lunch after finishing up meetings when the incident took place outside his chamber on the third floor, AAP lawmaker Alka Lamba said. She accused the Delhi Police, which is controlled by the BJP-led central government, of “completely failing” to ensure the Chief Minister’s security.
“The Delhi Police has repeatedly failed to stop anti-social elements from entering the secretariat. They are doing this on the directions of the BJP that rules the centre,” she said.
Despite the alarming video, the police said it was investigating if the incident was “unintentional”, according to news agency ANI. They claimed a chilli powder was found on the man after he was removed by security personnel.
Mr Kejriwal, 50, has in the past been attacked with ink, slippers and slapped while campaigning for elections.