Senior lawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan was beaten up by three people inside his chamber in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, because of his comments on the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the Kashmir Valley.
One of the attackers, identified as Inder Verma, is an activist of the Sri Ram Sena, claimed responsibility for the attack on Bhushan.
Verma claimed that he and his associates had only come to seek Bhushan’s explanation on the comments but they were attacked by the lawyer’s aides.
Three activists barged into Bhushan’s chamber on Wednesday afternoon claiming that they had an appointment with him and brutally assaulted him.
The attackers pulled the lawyer out of the chair, slapped, dragged and repeatedly punched him. Even after Bhushan fell down the attackers kept on hitting him with their legs. Bhushan’s shirt was torn and his spectacles fell when he was roughed up.
Bhushan, who has been taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, was attacked while he was giving an interview to a news channel.
However, earlier on Wednesday, a little known outfit Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena claimed responsibility for the attack and said that the lawyer was beaten up because of his comments on the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the Kashmir Valley.
“We are taking responsibility for beating Prashant Bhushan for his statement against national integrity,” Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena said. The outfit also updated its Facebook page claiming responsibility for the attack. “We hit Prashant Bhushan hard in his chamber in Supreme Court.
If u will try to break my nation, I will break ur heads,” the Facebook status update said.
Hours after being bashed up, Prashant Bhushan Wednesday said such outfits should be socially boycotted and banned by the government. “This an organisation which needs to be socially boycotted in this country and perhaps banned by the government. This Sri Ram Sene is known for its goondaism for its unprovoked assault on totally unarmed people who are totally caught off-guard,” said Bhushan at a press conference at his residence in Noida, Delhi’s suburban town.
“This is the trademark of what they have shown earlier in Mangalore when they beat up many young boys and girl outside some pub,” he added.
Digvijaya links Bhushan attack to BJP
One of the three men who attacked lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan today was a youth worker for the BJP, claims Digvijaya Singh. The BJP has denied the charges.
The attack has been condemned by all political parties including the BJP. Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharama said, “The BJP has nothing to do with these people.” She added, “If the individual claims any association with the Yuva Morcha, the Yuva Morcha will give its clarification.”
The BJP had, earlier in the day, sarcastically said that it wishes Singh would get well soon. The Congress leader released today a letter sent by the BJP’s parent body, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to Anna in April this year.
The letter congratulates Anna for building a national anti-corruption movement and expresses the RSS’ support for the cause.
Singh alleges this letter exposes covert political affiliation between Anna and the right-wing RSS.