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Agnivesh seeks SC monitored probe into attack against him

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

: activist Swami today sought a monitored probe into the recent attack on him allegedly by activists at and blamed the state and Central governments for the incident.

Swami also refuted the statement of Chief Minister that the had no information about his visit there and reiterated that he had written to the about it on July 2 itself.

also said that the organisers of the programme, which he was to attend, had also informed the district administration.

The 79-year-old was on July 17 slapped, kicked and verbally abused in Jharkhand's Pakur town by groups allegedly affiliated to the for speaking against Hindus.

Refuting Swami Agnivesh's claim that the attack on him in last month was "pre-planned",Raghubar Das had said neither he nor the state authorities had any information about the activist's visit to the state.

"Everything was a pre-planned one with the patronage of the Centre and the State governments', Agnivesh told on the sidelines of a seminar at the here.

"I blame for the attack', he said and demanded a monitored Special Investigation Team to probe the attack.

He said though an FIR had been lodged against eight known persons and 92 unknown persons,none of them had been arrested so far.

"There were 150 persons but not a single person has been arrested till now. They were waiting outside the hotel. Then somebody informed me that a group was planning a protest outside the venue," he said.

"I said why are they standing outside. Let them come inside and discuss the matter over a cup of tea. If there is anything wrong on my part, i am ready to apologise. But they didn't listen. They don't want a discussion and dialogue," he said.

Later, speaking at the seminar, Agnivesh alleged that secular values and democracy were deliberately being destroyed under the government at the Centre.

Slamming the 'Hindutva politics' indulged by BJP in the country, he said Indian values and the Constitution have been destroyed for political gains.

On the cow vigilantes and lynching in the name of cow protection, Agnivesh said that no animal, not even a cow, was more sacred than human life.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 19:35 IST