The attacker, Harvinder Singh, was immediately caught by the security personnel. He claimed that he was upset with price rise and felt that as minister Sharad Pawar was not doing enough to check inflation that had made life of common people difficult.
Singh said that he had earlier arrested former minister Sukh Ram also who was convicted in the telecom scam case recently. The incident had occurred outside the court then. Police said that Singh would be interrogated to find out what drove him to assault the veteran minister.
The incident revived memories of the attack on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram by a journalist. Incidentally, the arrested youth that had it not been the anniversary of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur, he might have been more ferocious in his assault.
Opposition parties condemned the incident but cautioned the Congress-led UPA to control prices and suggested that the frustration of public due to increase in prices of essential goods was manifesting into such bizarre acts of rage.