A group of men reportedly belonging to a Hindutva outfit attacked two Kashmiri roadside vendors in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow on Wednesday.
The police registered a case of rioting and breach of peace and arrested one person in connection with the assault. “A case has been filed at Hazratganj police station. A search is on for the accused,” said police officer Amit Kumar.
The incident took place in the Daliganj area of Lucknow at around 5 pm on Wednesday. In a video uploaded on social media, the two men are seen beating up the Kashmiri vendors, with one of the accused using a cane. The two traders were forced to shut shop.
When a passerby intervened and asked why the men were being beaten, one of the perpetrators answered that the men were from Kashmir. However, the passerby told the saffron-clad men to stop taking law into their hands and call the police instead. The fruit-sellers were also asked to produce their identification cards.
A number of incidents of violence against people from Kashmir were reported in the aftermath of the Pulwama suicide bombing on February 14, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. Several Kashmiri students were reportedly harassed and beaten up in Dehradun and other parts of the country after the terror attack, forcing many Kashmiri students in Uttarakhand to temporarily leave the state.