Bitta demands ban on Sri Ram Sene
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 18:22
New Delhi: Condemning the attack on Prashant Bhushan, All India Anti Terrorist Front chairman MS Bitta on Thursday demanded a ban on right-wing outfit Sri Ram Sene, whose activists were allegedly involved in the assault.

"The attack on Prashant Bhushan was very unfortunate. Organisations like Ram Sena create a very wrong image of Hinduism and Hindus. They should be banned," Bitta told reporters on the sidelines of a function organised by the NCC.

Bitta, however, took strong exception to the reported remarks by the lawyer on Kashmir which allegedly provoked the attack.

Calling upon Anna Hazare to restrain his team members from making such comments, he said the reported remarks on Kashmir by Bhushan were "uncalled for".

"Anna Hazare ji, the country has given you a lot of support and respect, but your team should try not to indulge in mere rhetoric. First, it was Swami Agnivesh and now Prashant Bhushan.... His comments on Kashmir were uncalled for," he said.

Bitta said youths should express their grievances through words and not by indulging in violence. "Youth should make their tongues 'like AK-47' and not indulge in violent acts."

Earlier, speaking at the National Disaster Reduction Day function, he said the National Cadet Corps(NCC) could play a vital role in raising awareness to fight terrorism.

"The role of NCC is really crucial in strengthening and creating awareness amongst the youth. We have urged the government to make NCC compulsory from school to college and university level," Bitta said.

He also favoured imparting "compulsory army training" to youths so that they could offer a helping hand in situations of disaster and terrorist strikes.

"The youth should be given compulsory army training at least for six months like they do in Israel," he said.


First Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 18:22

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