NEW DELHI : CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury was roughed up by two youth at a press conference here on Wednesday. The two who belong to Hindu Sena were handed over to police. Enraged members of the Communist Party of India-Marxist pounced on them and thrashed them before handing over the pair to police.
Yechury, who was addressing a press conference on the violence in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur where five protesting farmers were killed in alleged police firing, described the attack on him as an attempt by the RSS "to silence the voices of dissent".
"We will not be cowed down by Sangh goondagardi to silence us. This is a battle for the soul of India, which we will win," he tweeted.
Upendra Kumar and Pawan Kaul were taken at Mandir Marg Police station after the incident.
The Hindu Sena activists entered the CPI-M office premises in Gole Market area of central Delhi while chanting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and slogans against him, a police official said.
Hindu Sena President Vishnu Gupta told IANS that their two party workers were detained by police "for staging a peaceful protest against CPI-M for their article against the Indian Army" and had done "nothing" but only demanded the party apologise.