October 13th, 2011
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Prashanth Bushan attackers presented before court

prashantha-bhushan attackersNew Delhi: Tejinder Singh Bagga and Vishnu Gupta, who apparently belong to an outfit called the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, will be presented before court today at 2 pm. The two of three men who attacked Senior Supreme Court lawyer and Anna Team member Prashant Bhushan at his chamber yesterday surrendered before Delhi’s Patiala House court and were later arrested after police verification.

These three people reportedly stormed into Mr Bhushan’s chamber in the Supreme Court and began beating him while he was in the midst of a TV interview. Mr Bhushan, was slapped, thrown onto the floor and kicked. He was reportedly attacked for making statements regarding holding referendum in Kashmir.

People across the country have condemned it, saying it is “an attack on free speech.” Home Minister P Chidambaram too condemned the attack and sent a representative to meet Mr Bhushan at hospital. He also discussed the attack with Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta.

On Facebook, a page for the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena claimed responsibility. “We hit Prashant Bhushan hard in his chamber in supreme court,” a post declared.”We will not let anyone insult our martyrs,” an attacker said. The Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena is a self-proclaimed “task force against traitors, anti-nationals and the corrupt”. They also claim they are “a team of guys who are crazy for the nation and those who can do anything for the nation.”

In Maharashtra, Anna said, “This is not acceptable, what happened to Prashant Bhushan, the way he was attacked…to take law and order into one’s own hands is wrong. I pray to God to give better sense to the sort of people who led this attack. This is not our culture.” Mr Bhushan’s father, Shanti Bhushan, said, “My son is fearless. He will always act on his conscience.”


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