Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Friday congratulated the people who attacked senior lawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan in his chamber in the Supreme Court in Delhi two days ago

In a statement in the party's mouthpiece, Dopahar Ka Saamna, Thackeray referred to Bhushan's statements on Jammu and Kashmir and said: "Shabbaash! Those who speak of dividing the country should be taught a lesson like this."

Thackeray said one cannot remain cool if somebody tries to instigate you. "The person who makes such statements is guilty first, then the people who teach him a lesson," he said.

He declared that anybody who speaks of dividing the country "must be taught a lesson like this".

Eminent Supreme Court lawyer Bhushan was Wednesday attacked by three people inside his chamber as a protest against his statements on Jammu and Kashmir.

While one of the attackers belongs to Sri Ram Sene, the other two are from the Bhagat Singh Sena. Police nabbed them, but more Anna supporters were attacked by the group Thursday.