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2 Kashmiri Men Thrashed On Busy Lucknow Street

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Published on March 10, 2019 with No Comments

Two dry fruit vendors from Kashmir who were sitting on a busy road in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow were attacked by a group of men belonging to a fringe right-wing group.  One of the men had shared a video of the assault.

The men who assaulted the traders can be heard in mobile videos saying that are doing it because they are from Kashmir. Videos show two men in saffron kurtas thrashing the two vendors who were sitting on the road with their dry fruits spread out on a sheet. One of the attackers beat the men with a wooden stick. In one of the videos, one of the Kashmiri men is seen covering his head and pleading the attackers to stop beating him.

Another video shows the saffron-clad men asking the second dry fruit seller for his identify card as he tried to pack up and leave the spot. 

Several local residents of Lucknow intervened and asked the men to stop further assault of the two vendors. “Don’t take law into your own hands. Call the police,” one the locals can be seen saying.The Kashmiri men have been selling dry fruits in Lucknow for many years.

A case of rioting and breach of peace has been registered and one person, Bajrang Sonkar, has been arrested, the police said. “A case has been filed in the Hazratganj police station. A search is on for the accused. An investigation will be done,” police officer Amit Kumar said.However, the main accused, who claims to be  the president of the Vishwa Hindu Dal, has not been arrested and has been posting on Facebook, claiming that it was he and his men who carried out the attack. The video of the attack that he shared on Facebook has been taken down.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter and wrote: “Dear PM @narendramodi Sahib, this is what you had spoken against & yet it continues unabated. This is the state governed by your handpicked Chief Minister. Can we expect action in this case or do we file your concern & assurances as a jumla, meant to placate but nothing more? (sic)”


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