Assaulted Kashmiri Men Thank Lucknow Locals Who Rushed to Help
“Those people saved us. They told the men that it is up to police to speak to us,” one of the assaulted men said.
The two Kashmiri dry fruit sellers, who were assaulted by several saffron-clad men in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, have expressed their gratitude to those who rushed to their aide when they were being beaten up.
Speaking to NDTV, Mohammed Afzal Naik, one of the victims, said:
“They are good. Those people saved us. They told the men that it is up to the police to speak to us. They had reached before the police.”
The videos showing the two Kashmiris being abused, slapped and beaten have gone viral. The Lucknow incident comes amid the nationwide backlash on Kashmiris following the 14 February Pulwama terror attack, in which 44 CRPF personnel were killed.
“The Kashmiri youths were selling dry fruit on Daliganj bridge and a group of men beat them up, terming them stone pelters,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani told reporters.
Local people, however, rushed to their rescue and informed police, he said.
An "alert citizen" also made a video of the attack, following which police teams swung into action and arrested the main accused, Bajrang Sonkar.
Sonkar has more than a dozen criminal cases – including that under the Arms Act, of murder, loot and theft – pending against him, he added.
On a tip-off, three others – Himanshu Garg, Aniruddh and Amar Kumar – were also arrested on Thursday, the SSP said.
Sonkar claims to be the president of Vishwa Hindu Dal.
(With inputs from NDTV, PTI)
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.