A man threw ink at Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey when he was visiting Patna Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday to know the condition of dengue patients. The accused, Nishant Jha, managed to escape from the spot. “I condemn this act done by some lumpen elements nursing political ambition… the ink was thrown at journalists also,” Mr. Choubey said while coming out of the hospital. His SUV and bodyguard too got sprinkles of ink. Later, Nishant Jha spoke to a private news channel and claimed he belonged to the students’ wing of Jan Adhikar Party (Secular) headed by former MP from Madhepura Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav. “But, I threw ink at the Minister in my personal capacity as I was perturbed over the rising number of dengue patients in the city and the government’s apathy to contain it,” he said. “I have come from Delhi only this morning… and this incident should not be linked with my party as we do not know Nishant Jha but this reflects public outrage against a government that has spilled over,” said Mr. Yadav.After prolonged waterlogging in some areas of Patna from September 28 to October 6, the number of patients of dengue and gastroenteritis has increased manifold at the PMCH. Dengue deathOn Monday a seven-year-old child died of dengue. Several policemen at the police lines are also said to be suffering from it.A local BJP MLA, Sanjiv Chaurasia, too is recuperating from the disease. The civic body and health department are engaged in fogging and sprinkling of bleaching powder to check the spread of the disease but local residents say these have been proving inadequate.