Can die if it solves Kashmir issue: Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday slammed the attack on his party office at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad and said he is ready to die if that solves the Kashmir issue.
Protesting against the Kashmir referendum remark of AAP leader Prashant Bhushan, activists of Hindu Rakshak Sena, led by its leader Vishnu Gupta, on Wednesday vandalised the party office at Kaushambi.
"What do they want? They want to kill Prashantji?" asked Kejriwal.
"By killing me or Prashantji, if Kashmir can be solved, I can come to die at the place they suggest," he said.
Bhushan on Wednesday alleged that outfits affiliated to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological patron Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were behind the attack.
"The attackers were BJP and RSS supporters. Vishnu Gupta was among the men who attacked me previously too. Tejinder Singh Bagga, who was among today's attackers, is from the BJP," said Bhushan.
"From today's attack, it is clear that BJP and RSS are frustrated with AAP rising to power. It ," he said.
Meanwhile, the AAP said it has registered a First Information Report (FIR) in the case.
"FIR registered with following sections: 147, 149, 153, 354, 427, 436, 452, 504, 506 IPC and 7 CLA," tweeted AAP.
An AAP leader said: "Around 1105 they came. They were 30 to 40 people. They shouted negative slogans. They were hurling abuses."
Police said no one was injured. They were holding red flags and shouting slogans.
They pelted stones and damaged the premises of the AAP office.
"We reacted immediately after we got the information. We will see who are the people," said a senior police official at the site.
Coming under attack for his statement over a referendum in Kashmir, Bhushan on Monday said his comment was being misinterpreted and that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.
In his statement, Bhushan said, "Headlines Today and Aaj Tak has sensationalised my statement."
AAP member Dilip Pandey read out Bhushan's statement, which said, "It is a prerogative of the state to deploy armed forces for the security of the state."
Bhushan said, "The AAP is of the view that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Needless to say that I share this view."
His statement claimed that in the interview to a news channel, he said 'impunity of AFSPA should be removed in order to win the hearts of the people of Kashmir'.
"Any reference to referendum shouldn't be misconstrued to mean plebiscite on Kashmir's relationship with India," read the statement.
(Posted on 08-01-2014)