Agnivesh a fraud, got himself attacked: Jharkhand Minister

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Swami Agnivesh beaten up in Jharkhand, 20 detained
Pakur: Injured Social activist Swami Agnivesh being taken to the hospital after suspected Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists thrashed him while shouting "Jai Shri Ram" slogans in Jharkhand's Pakur on July 17, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Ranchi, July 18 (IANS) Jharkhand Urban Development Minister C.P. Singh on Wednesday said that Swami Agnivesh “is a fraud” and he conspired to get himself attacked.

“Agnivesh is a fraud. I know him for the last 40 years. No Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) worker was involved in the thrashing. He conspired to get himself thrashed,” Singh said.

He alleged that Agnivesh used foreign funding to create unrest in the country.

The Jharkhand Assembly on Wednesday witnessed disruption over the attack on Agnivesh.

The opposition members were angry with Singh for calling Agnivesh a “fraud” and “dalal”.

Leader of Opposition Hemant Soren said: “The incident has taken place at the instruction of the state government. The state government had prior information regarding the thrashing by BJYM workers.”

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Neelkanth Singh Munda tried to clam the opposition by saying that Chief Minister Raghubar Das had ordered probe. “Such an incident should have not have taken place.”

Hemant Soren and Jharkhand Vias Morcha-Prajatantrik legislator Pradeep Yadav alleged that the arrested people were released following instructions from Ranchi.

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