Journalist Nikhil Wagle and other activists were reportedly attacked by BJP workers while they were on their way to a rally site in Pune on Friday.
Wagle faced criticism following his comments regarding LK Advani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the BJP patriarch’s receipt of the Bharat Ratna.
Wagle and two other people, human rights attorney Aseem Sarode and activist Vishwambhar Choudhary, were traveling under police protection to the Rashtra Seva Dal-organized “Nirbhay Bano” event when BJP workers, according to the police, threw ink on the car. The demonstrators turned violent, throwing eggs and ink along with other objects and smashing the car’s window panes.
Wagle took part in the “Nirbhay Bano” event at Pune’s Sane Guruji Smarak, together with Choudhari and Sarode. While opposition parties like the Congress, NCP, and AAP supported the event, the BJP’s Pune Unit had opposed it due to Wagle’s attendance.
After local BJP leader Sunil Deodhar filed a complaint against Wagle for allegedly making controversial remarks against Advani and Modi, a FIR was filed at Pune’s Vishrambaug police station.