New Delhi: Senior advocate and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan, who was assaulted by three youths yesterday for his alleged provocative remarks on Kashmir, on Thursday called for banning such outfits which believe in violence.
“Organisations having a fascist mindset are on the rise. We should ban all such organizations which believe in violence as there could be no place for communalism in our society,” he said when questioned how he visualizes the rise of fascist tendencies in the country.
The senior Supreme Court lawyer also stated that he don’t regret calling for a plebiscite seeking an amicable solution to the Kashmir issue.
“I don’t regret my remarks on Kashmir, I stand by what I said. I believe a politically amicable solution to the Kashmir issue can be found through plebiscite. The situation in the troubled state need to be settled politically,” he said while speaking to a news channel.
The noted lawyer rejected suggestions that his remarks were provocative but admitted that he was open to criticism for making such suggestions.
“It is highly absurd to call my Kashmir remarks seditious. They are my personal views and I stand by it. People can oppose my views but they have no right to come and hit me,” he said.
When asked if he was toeing Team Anna’s stand on the Kashmir issue, “My remarks on Kashmir are my personal and it has nothing to with Team Anna.”
When questioned what needs to be done to improve situation in Kashmir, Bhushan said, “We should try to normalize situation in Kashmir politically. The Army should be removed and we need to get rid of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) immediately.”
Condemning the attack on him, he said, “I strongly condemned the attack. The culprits must be brought to book.”
Meanwhile, the right-wing Hindu outfit Sri Ram Sene has claimed responsibility for the attack on Prashant Bhushan.
Taking the whole nation to a surprise, three youths on Wednesday barged into Prashant Bhushan’s chamber in the apex court and roughed him up over his comments on Kashmir. Three youths were identified as Vishnu Gupta, Inder Verma and Tejender Pal Singh Bagga, who belong to Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena.
Verma was arrested shortly after the attack, while Gupta and Bagga managed to flee from the scene. Verma will be produced in the court today. Meanwhile, Bagga too had claimed that he will surrender before a court today.
They are said to be upset with Bhushan over his recent comments favouring plebiscite in Kashmir. The noted lawyer had gone to Varanasi two weeks ago where during a press conference he was asked if he would favour a referendum in Kashmir. He had replied that there could be a referendum. It is this comment that angered the group.