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Swami Agnivesh condemns attack on Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi , Wed, 19 Oct 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Social activist and Anna Hazare's estranged aide Swami Agnivesh on Wednesday criticised the attack on RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, and said ifferences should be sorted out through talks.


A youth named Jeetendra Pathak had hurled a slipper at Kejriwal in Lucknow on Tuesday, while he was on his way to attend a programme as part of their campaign against corruption.


Agnivesh, however, said when he was attacked, neither Hazare nor Kejriwal had condemned it.


"All such attacks, whether it is hurling slipper or assaulting somebody inside their cabin, we all condemn it. But we all should be sympathetic towards each other. I was also attacked on the stage in Ahmedabad in front of Arvind Kejriwal and Anna (Anna Hazare), we all were together, at that time neither Arvindji nor Annaji condemned the attack on me, not even till date they have condemned the attack," said Agnivesh.


"But still, I condemn the attack on him (Arvind Kejriwal) and I do not want that in a democratic country anybody should face such physical assaults. All the differences should be sorted out through talks," he added.


Agnivesh was attacked during a public meeting in Ahmedabad in May this year.


The attack on Arvind Kejriwal happens to be the second attack on a member of Team Anna in the last ten days. Earlier on October 12, senior Supreme Court lawyer Bhushan was beaten up by suspected to be from Sriram Sena activists in his court chambers over his stand on Jammu and Kashmir.


Kejriwal had earlier said that he had been receiving threats, and termed the whole episode to be a conspiracy against the civil society activists.


"I have been receiving messages from yesterday that my office will be attacked. I have been receiving these messages from yesterday evening that people would attack on us. Are they the same people, who had attacked day before yesterday? So, we all had a telephonic conversation and decided that we will not hit back on somebody," Kejriwal said. (ANI)


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