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BJP says attackers not from party; Shiv Sena wants case against Bhushan

Prashant Bhushan talks to the media at his Noida residence, after the assault on him at his Chamber in Delhi, on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

Prashant Bhushan talks to the media at his Noida residence, after the assault on him at his Chamber in Delhi, on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday condemned the attack on Supreme Court lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan and said that the culprits were not members of the party or its youth wing.

“First of all we would like to condemn this utterly shameful attack.... Nothing can justify violence,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

She emphasised that though people may have differences on issues, that did not permit them to indulge in violence.

BJP also denied allegations that the three persons who attacked Mr. Bhushan yesterday in his Supreme Court chamber were members of the party or its youth wing BJYM.

“None of those involved in the attack belong to the BJP. Our youth wing president has also clarified that they do not belong to the BJP youth wing,” Ms. Sitharaman said.

‘Register case against Bhushan’

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena today held protest against Mr. Bhushan and demanded registering of a case against him for advocating plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We demand registration of FIR against Bhushan and arrest him for his Kashmir comment,” Shiv Sena State unit chief Ashok Gupta told reporters in Jammu.

He said Mr. Bhushan’s statement boosts the moral of separatists, terrorists and anti-national elements in J&K.

Mr. Gupta also said that Anna Hazare should explain the sensitive comments made by his team member about Kashmir.


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