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14 AAP workers arrested for rioting outside BJP office ; Arvind Kejriwal apologises

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - 8:51am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk
After getting detained in Gujarat and subsequent clashes by 14 AAP workers outside BJP office, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has apologised for the said behaviour.
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After getting detained in Gujarat and subsequent clashes by 14 AAP workers outside BJP office, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has apologised for the said behaviour. He said, "Our workers were protesting peacefully. But they may have thrown one or two stones at the BJP workers after they were attacked. I don't think this is right and I apologise on behalf of my party. I also appeal for calm and ask my supporters to not protest further."

Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi are named in the FIR for leading the mob that caused violence. In a tweet to his followers Arvind Kejriwal urged his party workers to prevent violence. The detention of Kejriwal in Gujarat on Wednesday sparked off street clashes between AAP and BJP workers.

An FIR has also been filed in connection with the clashes in the Parliament Street police station in Delhi on charges of rioting, damaging public property and obstructing public servants. 33 people from both parties have been detained at the Parliament Street police station. Meanwhile, AAP leaders accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of ordering action against Kejriwal. "Modi had ordered for everything that happened today. BJP does not want the reality of Gujarat to come to light," said AAP MLA Jagadeep Singh.

There were angry clashes and stone pelting as AAP and BJP workers clashed in Delhi, Lucknow and even Gujarat on Wednesday, soon after the Lok Sabha election dates were announced. AAP workers first targeted the BJP headquarters in Delhi around 5:30 pm, after hearing reports that the Gujarat Police had detained Arvind Kejriwal in Patan.

AAP workers were seen hurling stones while BJP workers inside the office also attacked them throwing chairs outside. AAP leader Ashutosh was at the forefront of the incident. "This is Narendra Modi's politics of hate. This is the same as the one seen during the 2002 riots," he had said. Later, he published pictures of injured AAP workers on Twitter. Police had to resort to using water cannon to control the tussle. A total of 33 people were arrested.




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