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Pulwama Backlash: 2 Kashmiri Street Vendors Beaten Up In India’s Lucknow

Two Kashmiri street vendors were beaten up by a group of men on a busy road in Uttar Pardeh’s capital Lucknow on Wednesday.

The hostility against Kashmiris in India has increased following the Pulwama attack, which claimed lives of more than 40 Indian paramilitary troops.

Police have arrested a local resident for thrashing the Kashmiri street vendors. In a video of the attack, which is being widely shared on social media, two men in saffron kurtas are seen thrashing one of the vendors.

One of the attackers is seen beating the man with a wooden stick as he cowers and runs away after a while.

Concerned police officer said that the incident happened when the men selling dry fruits were attacked by the group. He said locals rescued them.

After the video of the attack went viral on the social media, the incident was reported to the local police. An FIR against unidentified men was registered in the matter.

Former Indian-held Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah criticised the attack and called out “RSS and Bajrang Dal goons”, saying “nothing will do more damage to the idea of India in J&K than videos like these. Keep thrashing Kashmiris like this and then try to sell the idea of ‘atoot ang’, it simply won’t fly”.

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, questioning his stance on the attacks on Kashmiris across India.

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“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?” Omar Abdullah tweeted.


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