Lucknow: Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal was on Tuesday attacked by a youth with a slipper while he was going to attend a programme here as part of their anti-graft campaign, nearly a week after the assault on another colleague Prashant Bhushan.

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The youth identified as Jitendra Pathak of Jalaun district hurled the chappal at Kejriwal when he was about to reach the dais at Jhulelal park. He was later caught by volunteers and detained by the police.

Team Anna core committee member Sanjay Singh told reporters that the youth threw a 'chappal' on Kejriwal, who had "pardoned him".

The youth accused Kejriwal of misleading people on the issue of corruption. He claimed that he was not associated with any party.

On October 12, Bhushan was attacked by members of a right-wing group in his Supreme Court Chambers allegedly over his remarks advocating plebiscite in Kashmir.

Team Anna demands independent probe

Team Anna on Tuesday condemned the attack on activist Arvind Kejriwal saying such
incidents will not deter them from fighting corruption.

"Attacks against Team Anna will not deter us from keeping up the crusade of voter awareness. We are on mission mode for Jan Lokpal Bill," prominent Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said.

She said the incident exposed that there can be a connection between the attack on Prashant Bhushan and that on Kejriwal. Bedi demanded an independent probe into the incident.

Another key Team Anna member Medha Patkar said she was shocked "because this cannot happen to a person who has really worked to wipe out corruption.

"I really demand security, if Kejriwal agrees to do that. I demand immediate action by local police," she said.

Kejriwal was attacked this evening by a youth with a slipper while he was going to attend a programme here as part of their anti-graft campaign.

The youth identified as Jitendra Pathak of Jalaun district hurled the chappal at Kejriwal when he was about to reach the dais at Jhulelal park.

Attack against basic tenet of democracy: BJP

BJP termed the attack on Arvind Kejriwal as "most unfortunate" saying such acts are against the basic tenets of democracy.

"This attack is most unfortunate. Such acts are against the basic tenets of democracy. But who is behind this? Who all are angry with Kejriwal? All these things should be fully investigated. Ever since he has been raising his voice against corruption, some people have been antagonised," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said in New Delhi.

He said the antecedents of the attacker who had thrown a slipper at Kejriwal in a public programme in Lucknow should also be probed thoroughly. BJP insisted there has been a concerted attempt to tarnish the image of Team Anna.

The opposition also hit out at the BSP-led Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh for "failing" to give adequate protection to Kejriwal, knowing that he is under threat.

(JPN/Agencies)