Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury was manhandled at a press briefing on Wednesday by two members of the Hindu Sena who were protesting against an article criticising Major Leetul Gogoi’s actions in Kashmir. The two activists-Upendra Kumar and Pawan Kaul have been detained by Delhi Police. Later Yechury took to Twitter and blamed RSS for the incident. “We will not be cowed down by any attempts of Sangh’s goondagardi to silence us. This is a battle for the soul of India, which we will win.”
The incident took place when Yechury was about to enter the central committee hall on the first floor of the CPI(M) office to address the press on conclusion of the party’s two-day politburo meeting here.
We will not be cowed down by any attempts of Sangh’s goondagardi to silence us. This is a battle for the soul of India, which we will win. https://t.co/FdPmtoq1Ky
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) June 7, 2017
The two men, shouted slogans of “CPI(M) murdabad” and “Hindu Sena zindabad” and tried to manhandle Yechury. The trespassers were thrashed by the CPI(M) activists before they were handed over to cops. Hindu Sena, in a statement, said, “Delhi Police has detained two Hindu Sena activists Upendra Kumar and Pawan Kaul at Mandir Marg Police Station for protesting against Prakash Karat and CPI(M) for their article against the Indian Army. Hindu Sena will not allow any traitor to speak against the country and the army.”
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 7, 2017
The Left alleged the duo owed allegiance to an RSS outfit and entered the office “masquerading as journalists” in an attempt to disturb the press conference, which was later held as scheduled.
“They also tried to manhandle comrade Yechury, but we came in their way and the comrade was safe,” a party worker present at the spot said.