KOLKATA: In another terrifying incident at the hands of Hindu right-wing extremists, a Kashmiri Muslim shawl seller was attacked with sword and deprived of almost Rs 0.2 million in Kolkata city of the eastern Indian state, West Bengal.
The victim, Shakoor Ahmad Shah, who hails from Budgam district of occupied Kashmir was returning from Sealdah to his rented house in Jadavpur when he was assaulted by a mob near Park Circus railway station in the city.
Talking to media, Shakoor said he boarded a local train from Sealdah in the evening and got down at Park Circus railway station to collect money from a customer there.
“At about 6:45 pm the train reached Park Circus railway station. I got down and was walking on a bridge beside the railway track when four persons intercepted me,” Shakoor recounted.
“The men abused me and then assaulted me. When I showed some resistance, they took out a sword and attacked me with it from left and right, till I fell on the ground. Then they stole my bag containing Rs 1,95,000 in cash and also a few important documents,” he said.
“I was screaming in pain but no one came to my rescue,” he lamented.
Shakoor was rescued by a fellow Kashmiri shawl seller, Ajaz Ahmad Dar.
Earlier, in a similar incident, a Kashmiri shawl vender, Javaid Ahmad Khan of Soibug Budgam, was also attacked by a Hindu gang in West Bengal, India.