'Past days have been very difficult': AAP's Maliwal breaks silence on 'assault'; asks BJP not to politicise it

FIR registered against Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar

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Delhi Police on Thursday recorded the statement of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Swati Maliwal in connection with the alleged assault on her at CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence. 

A team of police led by Additional Commissioner of Police P. S. Kushwaha went to Maliwal's residence to seek the details of the incident. The officers spent about four hours at her residence, said reports.

Meanwhile, for the first time after the incident, Maliwal broke her silence over the alleged assault. "What happened to me was very bad. I have given my statement to the police on the incident that happened to me. I hope appropriate action will be taken. The past days have been very difficult for me. I thank those who prayed. Those who tried to indulge in character assassination said that I was doing it at the behest of the other party, God bless them too," she said in a post on X in Hindi.

She also stressed that the issues of the country are important as the crucial elections are going on now. "Maliwal is not important now," she said. 

Also, she requested the BJP people not to do politics on this incident.

Maliwal on Monday approached the Civil Lines police station and alleged that a member of Kejriwal's personal staff "assaulted" her at the chief minister's official residence. However, initially, she did not file a formal complaint.

"In the police station, she was informed that a medical examination is necessary to file an assault FIR. She was at the police station for five minutes and left without filing any formal complaint. She said she would be back later," Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) M.K. Meena had told reporters.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) summoned Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar over Maliwal's allegations. His hearing is scheduled for Friday at 11 am. 

AAP admitted the assault and assured that action will be taken against the accused. Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Tuesday condemned the incident and said that strict action would be initiated.

The alleged assault on Maliwal led to a ruckus between BJP and Congress in the MCD. 

BJP on Thursday attacked Kejriwal over his silence over the Maliwal issue. Delhi CM is behaving like a goon, said BJP. Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva assailed the chief minister for skipping media queries and demanded he resign immediately, taking responsibility for the incident.

Based on Maliwal's complaint, an FIR was registered against Bibhav Kumar.

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