The 45 year old YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy was stabbed by an Airport Canteen worker pretending to be taking selfie with the him. The police has identified the attacker as Srinivas.
The YSR Congress leader suffered minor injuries and was seen bleeding on his left arm after being stabbed with a small blade used in the attack is usually used in cock-fights, to goad birds to fight aggressively.
The incident took place at VIP lounge of the Vishakhapatnam airport where Jagan Reddy was waiting for his flight to Hyderabad. The attacker said said he was trying to click selfie with Jagan Mohan Reddy. When the leader obliged, he pretended to take a picture and stabbed Jagan Reddy with a sharp object. The wound is not life-threatening but the incident exposed lapses in security at the airport, where each person is screened with metal detectors.
The attacker was immediately taken in to custody by the police.
According to the police the attacker said that he did not want Jaganmohan reddy to come to power.
A leader of Jagan Mohan Reddy's party alleged that the attack was a "conspiracy by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government". The leader said: "Srinivas is a staff with airport canteen run by TDP leader Harsha Vardhan."
A spokesperson of the TDP led by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu it was "unfortunate" that Jaganmohan Reddy had blamed the ruling party... Rubbishing the allegations made by YSR Congress leader TDP Spokesperson Lanka Dinakar said "Security at the airport comes under a central agency. We condemn the incident and will conduct a thorough inquiry.”