New Delhi/Ralegan Siddhi: Lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan was on Wednesday roughed and beaten up by three youths suspected to belong to a right-wing group, in his Supreme Court chamber for his advocacy of plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.
The attack on Bhushan, a prominent Team Anna member who is in the forefront of the fight for a strong Lokpal, came live on the TV screens when the three barged into Chamber No 301 of New Lawyers Chamber opposite Supreme Court, first slapped him, pulled his spectacles, beat him and pinned him to the ground after pushing him out of the chair and kicked him.
Bhushan’s assistant who came to his help was also roughed up by the attackers before one of them was caught and beaten up by some people said to be lawyers and others, while the other two escaped.
A combo TV Grab courtesy Times Now shows- Supreme Court lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan (L) after being roughed up at his chambers and Inder Verma, president of Sri Ram Sene who attacked Bhushan, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI
Regaining his composure, Bhushan said it appeared that the youths targeted him for his stand on Jammu and Kashmir. “They were saying that I have made some comments on Kashmir to which they were taking objection. I have said that a plebiscite should be held in Kashmir,” he said.
He had in Varanasi last week said that there could be a referendum in Kashmir. Bhushan claimed this comment angered the group which was behind the attack.
The attack triggered sharp reactions from home minister P Chidambaram, Anna Hazare and his team, Congress, BJP and CPI(M) who strongly condemned the incident.
Anna Hazare strongly condemned the attack on his aide saying nobody has the right to take law in their hands.
“I strongly condemn the incident. Nobody has the right to take law in their hands,” he told reporters here.
Chidambaram said one person involved in the attack has been arrested and police was looking for two persons involved in it.
“No body has the right to take law in their hands and I have asked the Delhi Police to take appropriate action against the people involved in the attack,” he said.
Inder Verma (24), a resident of Karai Village in Nangloi, was arrested for the attack while a hunt is on to nab the other two. Verma claimed to police that he was the president of Sri Ram Sene’s Delhi unit.
Bhushan was later taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where Medical Superintendent T S Siddhu said his condition was alright and he has not suffered serious injuries.