13 June, 2021

The High Price Slap

Arvinder slapped Pawar, now they want him to go on slapping

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The High Price Slap

Rohini boy Arvinder Singh’s life hasn’t been the same since November 24, 2011, the morning he slapped Sharad Pawar. “I don’t know what came over me. I felt Pawar was responsible for the high prices and I just did it,” he says. Arvinder was jailed overnight, bailed on his family’s plea the next day in court saying he was mentally unfit. He was moved to IBHAS, Shahdara, and over 10 days (“machines were strapped to my head and doctors did every test possible”) it was confirmed that a breakdown had occurred on the day of the attack.

As a mentally unfit person cannot be imprisoned, Arvinder was a free man. Sort of: he still had uses. Since that November day, says the 27-year-old, he’s been besieged by small-time businessmen, politicos, musclemen, an array of disgruntled citizens, who ring him with requests to slap their enemies, business rivals or political competitors. Some even want former lovers whacked.

Arvinder and his friends say he has spurned all these requests. “What...

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