Mumbai/New Delhi, Nov. 24 (ANI): Maharashtra Home Minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader R R Patil on Thursday condemned the attack on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and called for a thorough probe into the incident.
"I urge the Delhi Police to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Mr. Pawar. I strongly condemn the assault that happened in New Delhi. There should be a through probe into the incident to identify the people and outfit behind the assault," Patil told mediapersons here.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Public Works Minister and another NCP leader echoing similar sentiments asserted that there could be no justification for the assault.
"Some people are saying that this (the assault on Sharad Pawar) is a result of public anger towards the political leadership. What kind of anger is this? What wrong has Mr. Sharad Pawar done? And even if someone is angry on a political leader or an issue, does it give him or her the right to attack others? Can we justify such attacks?" he questioned.
Pawar was slapped by a man named Harvinder Singh at the NDMC Center in New Delhi today. The man was later taken into custody by the security guards at the scene.
He is currently in the custody of the Delhi Police, who are questioning him.
Harvinder Singh, a resident of Rohini, is the same man who had assaulted former telecom minister Sukhram last Saturday.
"These politicians have been causing nothing but trouble in the country. They only know how to make speeches, but never act on what they say. They deserve to be attacked. I will continue to attack politicians. I am the same person who attacked Sukhram last week and I will continue doing this. I do not regret any of my actions," Singh said claiming that Sharad Pawar is responsible for the misery of the people and the high prices of essential commodities. (ANI)