BJYM members ‘vandalise’ Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, protest against CM’s remarks on ‘The Kashmiri Files’

Property damaged by protestors (Source: Twitter/@raghav_chadha)
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Jasnoor Kaur

Workers and supporters of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) reportedly vandalized property outside Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Wednesday morning as a form of protest against his remarks on the newly released contentious film, ‘The Kashmir Files’. 

A large group was seen jumping security barricades and carrying flags bearing BJP’s insignia as well as placards with slogans criticizing the CM for offending Kashmiri Pandits. North DCP Sagar Singh Kalsi elaborated on the incident, saying that about 200 BJYM protestors staged a dharna outside the CM’s residence in response to his statements on the film in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha.

According to Kalsi, at around 1 p.m., some protestors broke through two barricades and entered the residence, causing a commotion and shouting slogans.  They were also carrying a box of red paint, which they hurled on the gate, damaging the boom barrier arm as well as a CCTV camera.

The police mentioned that they immediately removed the protestors, led by Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga and BJYM national president Tejasvi Surya, and had detained nearly 70 people after assuring that legal action has been initiated. 

CM Kejriwal had taunted Delhi BJP legislators’ demand to make the movie tax-free by saying that the movie should be uploaded on YouTube for it to be cost-free. The remark was followed by lauds of desk-thumping by members of the Delhi assembly.

“Why make it tax-free… ask Vivek Agnihotri to put it on YouTube, it will all be free….Where is the need to make it tax-free,” commented the CM? The CM had also asked the BJP leaders to not promote propaganda by putting up posters of a movie that is inaccurate. 

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had claimed that the “antisocial” elements were “BJP goons” who were shown support by the Delhi police by helping them reach the gates of the CM’s residence. 

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Bagga in response to Sisodia’s tweet said that if demanding an apology for Kejriwal’s statement is them being anti-social elements then they are so. The BJP spokesperson also denied vandalizing the property from their side. 

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