TDN World Desk: Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier statement: “our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris”, the attack on the Kashmiris yet not ceased. On Thursday two Kashmiri dry fruit sellers have been attacked by the fringe group of the hardliner hindutva in the city of Lucknow near Daliganj.
As per report, two fruit sellers namely Mohammad Afzal Naik and Abdul Salam were busy in their daily business affairs – selling fruits. Suddenly, two people in saffron attire accosted them and started beating them. Local people, however came in their rescue. They advised the assaulters not to take law in their hands.
One of the vendors while describing the horrible experience, as NDTV quotes, said, “These men just descended on us. They started beating us and calling us terrorists. We have been coming for 20 years. Something like this has never happened with us before.”
Mohammad Afzal, one of the fruit sellers said to media that they were also called as terrorists and forced to produce the Aadhar card before them.
However police took note of the incident. The identities of the accused persons have been revealed. Their names are – Bajrang Sonkar and Himanshu Awasthi, both of them are members of Viswa Hindu Dal. District Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani told ANI: “A man was seen in a viral video thrashing a Kashmiri street vendor in Lucknow, the vendor was later saved by locals. The culprit Bajrang Sonkar has been arrested by Police. Sonkar has criminal background and has 12 cases including a murder case against him.”
Two videos regarding the brutal attack on these two Kashmiri vendors have gone viral on social media. Mehbuba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir condemned the heinous assault on the innocent Kashmiri vendors.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to twitter. Addressing Home Minister Rajnath Singh he wrote, “Jenab @rajnathsingh Sahib. You represent this constituency in the Lok Sabha, this is the constituency where Vajpayee Sb was elected from & went on to be PM. If no one else will step in & deliver justice can we expect you to punish those guilty of this assault?”
In another separate tweet he expressed the view that if RSS and Bajrang Dal keep thrashing the Kashmiri like this, it will damage the idea of India within Kashmiris.
After Pulwama attack in which at least 40 CRPF Jawan martyred, attack on Kashmiri has been at rife. Despite Supreme court’s order to Centre and 11 states to protect the Kashmiris from the exposure of fear of mob violence and social boycott, attack on them yet not ceased. Amnesty International also issued statement days after Pulwama attack to ensure the safety of the Kashmiris but untoward incidents are still coming up.
According to Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, more than 500 students, along with 100 businessmen, arrived back in Kashmir to flee a “climate of fear and intimidation across India” in the aftermath of February 14 Pulwama attack.