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BJP youth workers thrash activist Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand

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Pakur: Social activist Swami Agnivesh was allegedly thrashed by BJP Yuva Morcha workers and ABVP members at Pakur in Jharkhand for his "anti-Hindu" stance on Tuesday. The 79-year-old activist suffered injuries.

He was in Pakur to take part in an event in Littipara of the district. "As soon as I came out of the venue, BJYM and ABVP activists attacked me without any provocation. They alleged that I was speaking against Hindus," he told PTI.

"I thought Jharkhand was a peaceful state, but my views have changed after this incident," he said.

The BJP workers were allegedly chanting "Jai Sri Ram" as they thrashed the activist, reported NDTV .

However, Jharkhand BJP spokesperson, P Shahdeo, said, "They weren't workers of our party. We condemn this but his track record is such that this reaction doesn't come as a surprise. Pakur has recently been in news for religious conversion."

A video of the alleged attack with a large crowd thrashing the social activist and his supporters did the rounds of social media and TV channels.

The incident garnered quick reactions with Chief Minister Raghubar Das ordering a probe into the matter.

Asked about the incident, Superintendent of Police, Shailendra Prasad Burnwal said he did not have any prior information about Agnivesh's programme in the district. Pakur Sub-Divisional Police Officer Ashok Kumar Singh said the guilty would not be spared.
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