YSR Congress President Jagan Mohan Reddy Attacked With Knife At Vizag Airport

| October 25 , 2018 , 16:20 IST

YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Thursday was attacked with a knife by a young man who sneaked up to him with a request to take a selfie and which resulted in sustaining a minor injury at the Visakhapatnam airport.

Reddy received a cut on his arm and was provided first aid at the airport lounge. The attacker was identified as Jaripalli Srinivas, a resident of Taniyalapalli village near Amalapuram in East Godavari district works as a waiter in a restaurant at the airport.

As he suddenly took out a small knife from his pocket and stabbed Jagan, the YSR Congress leader was injured on his left shoulder.

A commandant of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) overpowered the attacker, who was handed over to police.

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The Congress party president continued his journey to Hyderabad after getting first aid from the airport staff.

Union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu took to his Twitter account and revealed that he was shocked by the attack on Reddy and that an investigation into the incident is underway.

He wrote, "Asked all agencies to investigate the matter thoroughly, including @CISFHQrs. Asked secretary civil aviation to fix responsibility. I strongly condemn this cowardly attack, we will punish the guilty. Investigations are underway, started immediately."

Andhra Pradesh's Director General of Police R.P. Thakur speaking to media said they were questioning the accused. He said a nine-page letter was found in the pocket of the attacker and they will soon reveal its contents.

The police chief said Srinivas claimed to be a fan of Jagan. "Prima facie it appears that he resorted to attack for publicity," he said.

The officer said the police had no role in the security measures inside the airport. He said it was for CISF to find out how the attacker managed to carry a knife into the airport.

A case has been registered by the police on a complaint by CISF.

According to media reports, Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N. Chinna Rajappa condemned the attack. He said the details of the incident would be known by the evening.