Aaam Admi Party leader and India’s youngest minister Rakhi Birla’s car was attacked by unidentified persons in northwest Delhi’s Mangolpuri area on Sunday evening, when she was returning from a function at Mata Santoshi mandir. She was not hurt in the incident. The 26-year-old minister had talked of security threat to her only last week. Police have registered a case. Birla and her father, who were travelling in the car, claim that some unidentifed person threw a heavy object on windscreen of their wagon R car and it cracked. The women and child development minister in Arvind Kejriwal government was sitting on the front seat. She has reteirated that she doesnt need any security in spite of the incident.
As part of his party’s promise to follow austerity, Kejriwal has been refusing to take any security and all his six ministers have also said that they will follow their leader’s footsteps and not take personal security.
“I am safe. I am undeterred (by the incident) and I don’t need any security,” 26-year-old Birla said after the incident.
Her car was in a crowded area when suddenly some people from the crowd threw a heavy object which cracked the windscreen of the vehicle, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson said. A senior police official of the outer district said that Birla’s car was attacked by some unidentified persons who damaged the windscreen of the car, most probably by a stone.
“We are registering an FIR against unknown persons and are trying to nab the culprits,” the official said.
Immediately after the incident, when asked by reporters whether she will take security, Birla said she will not seek any police protection. “I will not take any security. This is a decision based on our principle. I am not scared and I will keep working for people’s welfare,” she said.
–With inputs from agencies