A day after he was attacked by a mob in Pakur district of Jharkhand, well-known social activist Swami Agnivesh has demanded judicial probe into the incident.

“If the State government wants an impartial probe, then it should order one by a sitting judge of the Jharkhand High Court, he said in Ranchi before leaving for Delhi on Wednesday. He lamented that an appointment with the Jharkhand Governor granted for Tuesday afternoon was cancelled without giving any reason.

The attack was raised in the Jharkhand Assembly on Wednesday and the Opposition staged a noisy protest.

However, senior Minister C.P. Singh, speaking to journalists outside the Assembly, called Swami Agnivesh a fraud and a foreign agent. “He planned this attack himself to gain popularity,” said the Urban Development Minister.

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