Kejriwal greeted with black flags, heckled

Arvind Kejriwal was heckled and booed at after some activists took objections to his anti-government statements.

Updated: Nov 06, 2011, 15:41 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Nagpur: In yet another case of attack on Team Anna, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal was greeted with black flags, heckled and booed at a meeting held here on Sunday morning.

The trouble erupted after some activists, reportedly belonging to Ghantanad Sanstha, took objections to Kejriwal making anti-government statements during the course of his speech at the Vasantrao Deshpande Auditorium.

The activists started booing at Kejriwal and shouted slogans, forcing retaliation from the activist`s supporters. Consequently, a scuffle broke out between the two groups.

Independent reports said that a scuffle ensued between supporters of both Ghantanad Sanstha and Team Anna outside the auditorium, though police have declined to confirm it.

“Violence is not a solution. Should have talked to them,” Kejriwal said after the incident.

Fifteen people have been detained by the police.

In his public speech, Kejriwal related all the issues pertaining to the anti-corruption movement and alleged the government was not interested in bringing the Jan Lokpal Bill or taking measures to tackle corruption.

Referring to the instances of phone-tapping alleged by Team Anna, Kejriwal said that instead of tapping the phones of the anti-graft crusaders, the government should tap the phones of those indulging in corruption.

This is not the first time that Team Anna members have been targeted by various groups. Not too long ago Kejriwal was attacked by a youth with a slipper while he was going to attend a programme in Lucknow as part of their anti-graft campaign.
The youth identified as Jitendra Pathak of Jalaun district hurled the slipper at Kejriwal when he was about to reach the dais at Jhulelal park.

He was later caught by volunteers and detained by police.

On October 12, another key member of Team Anna Prashant Bhushan was attacked by members of a right-wing group in his Supreme Court chambers allegedly over his remarks advocating plebiscite in Kashmir.