Mob attacks Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat state

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-04 20:35:38|Editor: Song Lifang
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NEW DELHI, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- India's main opposition Congress party's second-in-command Rahul Gandhi was attacked by a mob in the western state of Gujarat Friday, police said.

Though the Nehru-Gandhi scion escaped unhurt in the attack in the state's Banaskantha district, a few of the security personnel accompanying him in his sports utility vehicle (SUV) sustained injuries, a senior police official said.

Gandhi, the son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, was touring the flood-affected district in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state when a group of people pelted stones at his car, damaging the window panes.

"Stones were thrown at the car in which Rahul was on his way to the helipad after meeting flood victims in Dhanera area. One of the windows was damaged," district police chief Neeraj Badgujar told the media.

The Congress party has, however, blamed the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the attack on its Vice President (VP).

"BJP goons attack Congress VP Rahulji's car in Lal Chowk, Dhanera, Banaskanta, Gujarat. Disgusting and disgraceful," party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

"Window panes of Congress VP's car broken in an organised attack by goons, security staff injured. BJP must know truth can't be silenced," he added.

However, the BJP has brushed aside the allegations and termed it as an unfortunate incident.