Watch Prashant Bhushan being attacked in a Supreme Court all the while following the Facebook page of the attackers on your computer screen!
Welcome to the bizarre world of news, circa 2011.
Even as the unbelievable images of Team Anna member and senior advocate Prashant Bhushan being beaten up were relayed all across India, a Facebook Wall War had broken out on the page of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, which boasted of 600 likes at that time, a number which is rising rapidly.
The chilling part is that many of the posts on the wall actually supported the heinous crime! Comments like "Well done", "I support the brave act", "Congratulations", "Cheers!" etc rubbed shoulders with comments blasting the whole incident outright.
What was chilling was the fact that the actual Status Update which talked of the act of beating up Prashant Bhushan got 50 likes in an hour and 100 likes by the second hour.
The Internet sure has empowered all kinds of people!
The name of the Facebook page is: Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena.
The description of the group is: A team of guys who are crazy for nation,those who can do anything for Nation. A task force against traitors, anti nationals & corrupts. A team of people, those who are ready to take any action to teach anti nationals & traitors.
A study of the Wall, which can be taken as a sort of Diary of an Attacker is quite clear and chilling.
The provocation probably came on September 26 when the following status updates were posted along with a YouTube
video titled "Remove Army & Give Aazadi to Kashmir" along with an article link on Prashant Bhushan's comments on Kashmir…
Arvind Kejriwal & Prashant Bhushan planning to start movement against Armed Forces Special Power Act in North East. Peeto gddo ko (sic)∙
Next target Prashant Bhushan, after that I will rest in Tihar for 14 days…∙
If you will try to break my Nation, I will break your head.∙
Those who are supporting stupid Prashant Bhushan Kashmir stand can leave this page
The threats were repeated on September 27…∙
Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena is going to make his Task Force to teach lesson's to Anti nationals,traitors & those who are barking now the days against Army & Kashmir. Person's those who are ready to go Jail from 1 day to 14 days can SMS his details at my no. ………….
The mood continued till the day of the attack when Team Anna was rubbished non-stop…
∙ Dr Kumar Vishwas disagrees with Prashant Bhushan Kashmir statement. In reply to my post in his Facebook page he said
National Integrity is something that is of top priority. We can fight corruption when we have an integrated nation.
∙ Ford foundation give Funds to Arundhati Roy & Medha Patekar, they speak against army, in favour of Kashmir Aazadi & against Afzal capital punishment. Now they are giving Funds to Arvind kezriwal & Manish shishodia NGO Kabir & Kezriwal & his ally.
∙ Prashant bhushan start speaking against army, against Afzal,Kasab capital punishment & in Favour of Kashmir Aazadi…
∙ Anna team is attacking Integrity of Nation, supporting Afzal, kasab & spitting venom against army but no media is showing.
∙ Anna team member Prashant bhushan, Sonia gandhi NAC member Harsh mandar & Tista Sitalwad done press in contitution club & attack on Modi for Bhatt arrest
∙ I am Anna team member, my work is blaming Indian army, abusing Modi, praising Kashmiri separatists, Afzal & Kasab. Corruption, Whtz this yaar
∙ Kiran bedi ki nai bakwas-hinsa ke karan nhi, Gandhi ji ke ahinsak aandolan ke karan mili aazadi
∙ Rah thakre goons attack north Indians & auto drivers again. Why Anna hazare is silent now...............?
(A picture of Raj Thackeray and Anna Hazare went with this comment
∙ We know you will never speak for our human rights, because We can't provide foreign funds to your NGO's
(A picture of many activities including Prashant Bhushan went with this comment
∙ kis raawan ki bhuja ukadu,kis lanka main aag lagau.....
jan jan raawan ghar ghar lanka,itne Ram kaha se lau......
∙ Dear Foreign brand NGO's , You are Human right activist doesn't means that if you support a wrong act becomes right
Then the status update on the morning of the attack…
∙ God give us power to complete our mission.
(That got a harmless 10-12 likes
Finally, the infamous status message at the time of the attack…
∙ we hit Prashant Bhushan hard in his chamber in Supreme Court. if u will try to break my nation, I will break your heads
The Facebook Page of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena can serve as a case study for social networking students, media houses and the police investigating the case.
Even as I write this, the Likes for the above mentioned page has crossed 1000 and the accolades continue!
Check out for yourself if this page hasn’t been removed yet…http://www.facebook.com/bhagatsinghkrantisena
Meanwhile, something seems to have changed in India for good thanks to the combination of the TV journalism and social networking.
A suicide status update that actually ends up in a death...
A husband beating a wife for not liking his status update…
Next is what?
I already shudder at Nation Facebook, which has already crossed 800 million members!Also Read: When Indian planes flew with broken wingsWhy Modi can still be PM one day Us vs Them: Where Anna scored heavilyViva Anna! Long live the revolution!Will 2011 ruin 2014 for Congress?
The author is a Bangalore-based journalist and blogger. He blogs at http://sunilrajguru.com/