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07 Mar 2019

Man, who assaulted Kashmiri vendors in Lucknow, arrested

Man, who thrashed Kashmiri men in Lucknow, arrested

A man, identified as Bajrang Sonkar, was arrested by Lucknow police on Wednesday night after a video of him thrashing two Kashmiri vendors in broad daylight went viral on social media. Meanwhile, his accomplice, one Amar Mishra, is at large.

The distressing video showed saffron-clad men beating the victims only "because they were Kashmiris". Locals intervened and saved the men.

Here's what went down.

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Man, who thrashed Kashmiri men in Lucknow, arrested
Vendors pleaded to be left alone, men continued beating them

What happened

Vendors pleaded to be left alone, men continued beating them

The incident took place in Daliganj of the Uttar Pradesh capital around 5 PM. The Kashmiri men had spread their dry fruits on a sheet along the roadside when the men came and started thrashing them.

One of the victims was seen pleading the men to stop but they continued to land blows and slaps on him.

They also used sticks for the assault.

ID card

Perpetrators asked victims to show ID proofs

At one point during the assault, the men asked the vendors to produce their ID proofs.

Though the Kashmiris showed their Aadhaar cards to the perpetrators, they didn't stop. The Kashmiris were forced to wrap up their belongings.

Notably, few locals stepped up and rescued them. They asked the men to not take law in their hands and called the police instead.

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Here are videos of the disturbing incident

Police have registered a case, investigation underway

Action

Police have registered a case, investigation underway

According to News18, this wasn't the first case of violence against Kashmiris. Earlier too vendors were beaten up in the area.

Acting on the incident, Lucknow police registered a case of rioting and breaching peace.

"A case has been filed in the Hazratganj police station. A search is on for the accused. An investigation will be done," said police officer Amit Kumar.

Omar Abdullah condemns attack in strong words

Attacks

Post Pulwama attack, Kashmiris became victims of hate-instigated violence

After the February 14 Pulwama attack, which was carried out by a Kashmiri terrorist, Kashmiris across the nation were assaulted by some fringe elements.

Kashmiri students staying in Dehradun complained they were asked to leave the institutions, and some were also thrashed in Maharashtra.

Taking cognizance of hate-inspired violence against Kashmiris, the Supreme Court asked states and union territories to ensure their safety.

PM Modi condemned incidents too, said fight isn't against Kashmiris

Modi's message

PM Modi condemned incidents too, said fight isn't against Kashmiris

Just as the treatment meted to Kashmiris concerned many, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a strong message.

Addressing a rally, PM Modi said, "We are fighting for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris." He condemned acts of violence against students.

"Youth of Kashmir are also fed up with the terrorism. They also want an end to terrorism and they are ready to support us," he said.

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What happened in Lucknow?

Why are people attacking Kashmiris?

Has any action been taken against such attacks?

Has anyone from BJP spoken up on these incidents?

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What happened in Lucknow?

Asked 2019-03-07 11:13:32 by Trishla Trivedi

Answered by NewsBytes

Saffron-clad men beat Kashmiris in Lucknow. The Kashmiris were selling dry-fruits.

Why are people attacking Kashmiris?

Asked 2019-03-07 11:13:32 by Surabhi Mistry

Answered by NewsBytes

Kashmiris have become victims of hate-inspired violence after Pulwama attack. Fringe elements have been attacking Kashmiris since the attack.

Has any action been taken against such attacks?

Asked 2019-03-07 11:13:32 by Chirag Singh

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes. The Supreme Court directed all states/UTs to ensure Kashmiris are protected.

Has anyone from BJP spoken up on these incidents?

Asked 2019-03-07 11:13:32 by Aaradhya Tambe

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the incidents and said the fight was for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris.

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