Gurgaon: Kashmiri Youth Brutally Attacked Outside Office, FIR Registered

The police said that no communal angle can be discerned in the preliminary investigation into the incident.

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Gurgaon: Kashmiri Youth Brutally Attacked Outside Office, FIR Registered

Days after a Kashmiri youth was beaten up by a gang in Haryana's Gurgaon, the police on Monday, 23 August, stated that no communal intent has been discerned in the preliminary investigation into the incident, The Indian Express reported.

Tariq Bhat, who hails from Kashmir, was attacked by 5-6 men in Sector 44, Gurgaon, at night on Thursday, 19 August. Bhat has been employed as a financial advisor with Policy Bazaar for the past two years.

The incident occurred when the 24-year-old, hailing from Handwara in Kashmir, left his office to go home on Thursday.

A First Information (FIR) under sections 323, 34, 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for causing hurt, thrashing, wrongful restrain, and threatening of the Kashmiri youth was filed in the incident by the Haryana Police.

The FIR read, "While booking a bike near a park some people came and started to beat me. One among them held my neck and others started to beat me."

It further stated that the goons held Bhat against the wall and started thrashing him mercilessly.

According to a statement from his roommate, Javed Ahmed, Tariq's ribs and back had blackened after the attack, and his head had been swollen.

"I do not know why they beat him up. He also does not. Tariq was asking them why are you hitting me but they said nothing," Ahmed had stated.

According to the doctors, Bhat had suffered no grievous injury in the incident.

An investigation is underway in the matter and CCTV footage of the incident is being examined by the police. The attackers have not yet been identified.

J&K Students' Association Condemns the Attack

J&K Students' Association on Friday condemned the attack on Bhat. In a statement, the spokesperson of the association, Nasir Khuehami, urged Home Minister Amit Shah, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, and J&K LG Manoj Sinha to take action against the accused and further security for the Kashmiri youth studying and working outside.

The spokesperson of the association observed that incidents of violence against Kashmiri youth have heightened the sense of insecurity and anxiety among the students studying and working outside their home state as well as among their parents and relatives in Kashmir.

What Policy Bazaar Has Said

In a tweet on Friday, the company said, "We stand in support of our employee, Tariq Bhat and are in constant touch with local authorities to help him."

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