The Congress leader had alleged that BJYM workers attacked his office over his recent controversial “Hindu Pakistan” remark

 Five BJYM members arrested for vandalising Shashi Tharoors office
news Politics Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 19:40

Five BJP Yuva Morcha members who attacked Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor’s office on Monday have been arrested by the Thiruvananthapuram Cantonment police. The members have been identified as Manu (25), Akhil (28), Govind (29), Vishnu (28) and Harikrishnan (27).

An official at the police station told TNM that Manu and Akhil are from Rajaji Nagar, Govind is from Nemom, Vishnu hails from Kunnukuzhy, and Harikrishnan is from Neyyatinkara.

The Congress leader had alleged that the workers staged protests outside his office and vandalised property against his recent controversial “Hindu Pakistan” remark. He had stated that the protesters had smeared black engine oil on the office premises and put up a banner that said “Hindu Pakistan office”. He added that they laid a wreath at the entrance and raised slogans asking him to leave the country and “Go to Pakistan.”

Tharoor, who was not present in the premises when the attack took place, had filed a complaint with the police later. 

He, on Monday, issued another clarification on his 'Hindu Pakistan' remark and took a jibe at BJP, saying that the party has not understood his statement at all and their answer to all the questions posed was violence and goondaism.

In a lecture he delivered earlier last week, Tharoor had sparked a big debate when he said: “If the BJP goes on to mark a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha in 2019, then it will pave the way for the tearing up of the Indian constitution and result in the creation of a ‘Hindu Pakistan’."

Defending the BYJM protests, Thiruvananthapuram district BJP President S Suresh on Monday said the incident was a protest against a wrong statement.

"This protest took place as Tharoor is the Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram and hence this is nothing but a natural protest because of his erroneous statement," he said.

On July 14, a Kolkata court summoned Tharoor following a petition moved by lawyer Sumeet Chowdhury dubbing the leader's comments as "a deliberate and malicious act " that was "intended" at "outraging" religious feelings.