Mob attacks BJP MP Tarun Vijay, probe ordered

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat today ordered an inquiry into the mob attack on Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay soon after he came out of a temple with Dalit leader in Chakrata, 180 km from Dehradun.

The mob allegedly attacked Mr Vijay and the Dalit leader accompanying him for visiting the temple where entrance of persons belonging to backward castes is banned.

"Vijay, along with a few Dalit leaders visited Silgur Devta temple. The mob pelted stones on them when they stepped out of the temple," Sub Inspector of Chakrata police station, Lalit Kumar said.

The police team present there rescued the Uttarakhand MP and the Dalit leaders who sustained minor injuries, Mr Kumar said, adding Mr Vijay was taken to a nearby hospital and his condition is stated to stable.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat condemned the attack and ordered Garhwal Commissioner to look into the incident.

"Such incidents will not be tolerated. Strict action will be taken against those found responsible for the attack," Mr Rawat said.