In Lucknow, 4 saffron-clad men assault Kashmiri dry-fruit seller, arrested 

Team Suno Neta Thursday 7th of March 2019 11:21 AM
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The four men arrested in connection with the assault on the Kashmiri dry-fruit seller.

New Delhi: Four men belonging to an obscure fringe Hindutva outfit called Vishwa Hindu Dal were arrested for allegedly beating a Kashmiri dry-fruit seller in central Lucknow’s Daliganj area. A video of a group of the saffron-clad men abusing and assaulting Kashmiri men went viral on social media.

In the viral video, the men were identified as Bajrang Sonkar, Amar Mishra, Himanshu Awasthi and Anirudhh Kumar. On being intervened by a local resident, the assaulters claimed that the man was from Kashmir and threw stones at the Army there.

Kalanidhi Naithani, senior superintendent of police, said, “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.”

He also said the action has been taken and that such an anarchy will not be tolerated.

Kashmiris have faced discrimination, threats and assaults in several parts of the country after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. Following this, the Supreme Court directed chief secretaries and director generals of state police forces to take “prompt and necessary” action where incidents of threat and violence against Kashmiris were reported. 

Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted about the same:

An FIR was registered later in the day against four people under the sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of IPC.




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