Delhi Police on Thursday said that eight people have been arrested while a manhunt has been initiated to nab others in connection with the vandalism at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence in the national Capital on Wednesday.
“Eight people were arrested from Delhi and the numbers could go up as teams have been sent to make more arrests,” said sources.
Police had on Wednesday registered a case in connection with the incident against unidentified people."The case was registered under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act," Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi had said.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to "kill" Kejriwal after its debacle in the Punjab polls.
He also alleged that activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP damaged CCTV cameras and security barriers at the Chief Minister's residence during the protest.
The protestors, led by BJP Yuva Morcha's national president and MP Tejasvi Surya, were holding a demonstration against Kejriwal's remarks on the recently released controversial movie 'The Kashmir Files', which is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley after the outbreak of militancy.
The Chief Minister's residence is located at 6, Flag Staff Road. The protest started around 11.30 am on March 30. The Delhi Police said proper arrangements were put in place but some 15-20 protestors managed to reach the Flag Staff road and were immediately removed.
Some of the protesters, at around 1 PM, breached two barricades and reached the Chief Minister House where they created a ruckus and shouted slogans, the police had said.