Vastavam web: YSR Congress chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy suffered a minor injury on his shoulder after he was attacked with a sharp object by a waiter at the VIP lounge in the Visakhapatnam airport this afternoon. Jagan, who is the leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh, was leaving the lounge to board the flight to Hyderabad when a man approached him to take a selfie and attacked him with a knife that is generally used in cockfights, injuring him on the left shoulder. The attacker aged below 30, identified as Srinivas from Mummidivaram in East Godavari district, has been arrested immediately. The sharp object, which looks like the ones that are used during cockfights, has also been seized. After receiving first aid for the wound Jagan left for Hyderabad. At Hyderabad, Jagan was taken to a private hospital for blood tests and checkups to ascertain if the knife was poisoned.
According to police and eye-witnesses, Srinivas approached Jagan for a selfie at the VIP lounge where the latter was waiting. The YSRC chief obliged him and while posing for the selfie, Srinivas stabbed Jagan on his left shoulder. Srinivas tried to stab him again for the second time. Luckily, he was overpowered by nearby party activists and leaders.
The YSR Congress chief tweeted say that he was safe and called the attack on him an act of cowardice.
“To everyone worried about my safety – I’d like to inform you that I am safe. God’s grace and the love, concern & blessings of the people of Andhra Pradesh will protect me. Such cowardice acts will not dissuade me but only strengthen my resolve to work for the people of my state!” Jagan tweeted.