A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing leader was arrested on Saturday in connection with the attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s car while he was visiting north Gujarat’s flood-affected Banaskantha district on Friday.
The action comes after 18 hours of night-long dharna and demonstration by Congress leaders and scores of district level supporters.
Palanpur unit BJP youth wing general secretary Jayesh Darji was arrested by the Banaskantha district police on Saturday after registering an FIR, which also names three others.
One of them is Bhagwanbhai Patel, chairman of Dhanera Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). It is from the APMC market yard in Dhanera that the wave of protests against Rahul Gandhi started.
The police had through the night refused to take the complaint from former Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia and others till a meeting between district police and senior officers.
Earlier on Saturday, the Congress said the “murderous” attack on Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat was “well-planned and well-orchestrated” by BJP-RSS workers. The party also accused the Centre and state government of failing to provide security to the party vice president guarded by the SPG.
The Congress V-P again blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) for the attack on his vehicle. “They believe in politics of violence…What to do,” he said.
On Friday, a man from a hostile crowd attacked Rahul’s car with a stone and broke a window on Friday during his visit to northern Gujarat’s flood-hit Banaskantha district.