Pulwama aftermath: Two Kashmiris beaten up in India’s Lucknow
LUCKNOW: The Indian backlash after Pulwama attack is still not over as two Kashmiri vendors in Indian city Lucknow were thrashed by members of a fringe right-wing ideology on Wednesday.
According to Indian media reports, the men who were selling dry fruits on a busy road in Uttar Pradesh’s capital, were abused, slapped and beaten with sticks.
The video of the assault has since gone viral on social media. In the video, the Kashmiri men can be seen covering their heads and beseeching the attackers to stop beating them.
In another video, the attackers can be seen asking one of the Kashmiri men for his identity card.
The assailants can also be heard clearly in the video saying that they were beating up the men, because they were ‘Kashmiris’.
Subsequently, the men were rescued by locals who also called the police. The Lucknow police has arrested one of the attackers, while the other attacker is on the run.
The former chief minister of the occupied Kashmir Omar Abdullah tagged Indian 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)”
Nothing will do more damage to the idea of India in J&K than videos like these. Keep thrashing Kashmiris like this on the streets at the hands of RSS/Bajrang Dal goons & then try to sell the idea of “atoot ang”, it simply wont fly. https://t.co/MYkuEuDLjj
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 7, 2019