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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Target of goons outside court was man whose niece broke Anna fast

On August 28, when Anna Hazare broke his fast, a little girl named Ikra sat next to him with a glass of coconut water. Near the stage sat 46-year-old Mohammad Ahmad Saifi, proud that his niece was chosen by Team Anna to offer the glass to Hazare and end his fast at Ramlila Maidan.

Residents of Baharwali Gali at Turkman Gate, where Ikra lives, celebrated through the day in honour of their little heroine.

This was probably the reason why Saifi went to Patiala House courts on Thursday to “defend the honour” of Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan. Saifi was attacked along with four others by over 50 Sri Ram Sene and Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena activists.

A day earlier, three men from the Kranti Sena had attacked Bhushan in his Supreme Court chamber over his remarks on Kashmir.

Around 1 pm on Thursday, Saifi was going with another Anna supporter to the India Against Corruption (IAC) headquarters in Kaushambi when they received a call informing them that some people had gathered outside the Patiala House Courts Complex to raise anti-Hazare slogans.

“When we rushed to the scene, they noticed that we were wearing ‘I am Anna’ caps and ‘Prashant Bhushan, we support you’ badges. Within minutes, they charged and began assaulting us,” Saifi said.

But Saifi holds no grudge. “I forgive them. Anna has taught us non-violence. We work that way,” he said.


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