New Delhi: Sri Ram Sena behind attacks on Prashant Bhushan?

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Prasanth Bhushan
New Delhi, Oct 13: The legal fraternity, supporters and members of Team Anna were shocked following the brutal assault on Supreme Court lawyer and key Anna-aide Prashant Bhushan who was beaten up mercilessly by two people. With a not very popular group, Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena claiming responsibility for the attacks, Bhushan claimed that the attacks were the handiwork of the right-wing group Sri Ram Sena.

Shanthi Bhushan, father of Prashant Bhushan who is an activist and lawyer in his own right commented on the incident, "I have no idea what the intent is that will only be found out after a proper investigation. Prashant is a brave person, he will be undeterred. I am proud of him. It's possible that some people are not happy with some of his cases but if they think that this will stop him then they are mistaken."

The Sri Ram Sena has however denied their role in the attacks with Sri Ram Sena Chief, Pramod Muthalik denying that the group was behind the attack. The person who carried out the attack on Bhushan was identified as Inder Verma. The other person escaped before being arrested. [Watch video of Bhushan being attacked]

Speaking on the attacks, after undergoing a thorough check up at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, Bhushan said that groups like the Sri Ram Sena should be banned for carrying out attacks and for indulging in "goondaism". Verma is believed to be a member of the Sri Ram Sena.

Following his arrest, Verma said to media gathered there, "We beat him up because we are upset over his statement on Kashmir. He is a traitor."

Another person, Tajinder Singh Bagga claimed that he was present in the lawyers chamber during the attack and added that he purposefully dropped a pamphlet bearing his name there. He added, "We planned it on the first but couldn't do it then. So we managed to get an appointment today and carry it out."

Bagga is now under the police radar for being the suspect behind the attacks on Kashmir separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani. There are also rumours that he was part of the Tiranga Yatra in Kashmir. He has revealed that he was involved with the BJP's Youth Wing but is now part of an organisation called the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena.

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