AAP office attacked over Bhushant’s Kashmir remarks

New Delhi: Hours after the attack Wednesday morning on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) headquarters in Kaushambi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the miscreants’ motive and wondered whether they wanted to kill him and Prashant Bhushan because of the latter’s remarks on Kashmir.

“Let us assume that Prashant Bhushan indeed said something objectionable, so what do they want? Do they want to kill Prashantji?”

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“We have cleared the stand of our party and (Bhushan) has also said many times that his opinion was misinterpreted. He has even stated that he doesn’t want a referendum,” Kejriwal said, adding, “Do they also want to kill me?”
Reiterating his stand on Kashmir, Kejriwal said it was an integral part of India and nobody could separate it from the country.
“Army deployment in various parts of the country is a matter of internal security assessment, which is done by the government. The sentiments of local people should be respected in such decisions,” he said, adding that the issue cannot be solved by a referendum.
He further added that, “No god can create such a ‘sena’ (army) that attacks the offices and houses of people. It is against the principles of Lord Rama. I am also a Hindu.”
Activists of right-wing group Hindu Raksha Dal today attacked and vandalised the AAP headquarters to protest against Bhushan’s remarks concerning a referendum in Kashmir.
Around 40 activists broke flower pots kept outside the AAP office and tore up posters. Some glass doors were also smashed in the attack.
Bhushan blamed the BJP and RSS affiliated organisations for the attack on the party office, saying they were “extremely frustrated with the rise of AAP”.
“This incident shows extreme frustration on the part of BJP, RSS and its affiliated organisations with the phenomenal rise of AAP. They are afraid of AAP and fear that it will damage their prospect in the Lok Sabha elections,” he told reporters here.
Meanwhile, Hindu Raksha Dal national convener Pinki Choudhary was arrested from Sahibabad area in Ghaziabad and an FIR was lodged against him, along with 30-40 unknown persons, in connection with the attack.
“We have registered an FIR against Pinky Choudhary and around 30-40 unknown persons for the attack on AAP’s office,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Ran Vijay Singh said.
“A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered,” he said, adding that police have so far arrested 13 persons in this regard and more arrests would be made soon.
“Police are scanning footage of CCTV cameras installed in the party’s office to identify other accused, who would also be arrested soon,” the DSP said.

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