Vishwa Hindu Dal mobsters beat Kashmiri traders in Lucknow, case of ‘rioting’ registered

Srinagar: Two Kashmiri traders have been thrashed in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow by rightwing mobsters belonging to Vishwa Hindu Dal.

In a video that has gone viral on social networking sites, the two were sitting on a busy road in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow when they were attacked by a group of men belonging to a right-wing group. One of the men had shared a video of the assault.

The incident took place at around 5 pm yesterday in Daliganj in central Lucknow, NDTV reported. The men who assaulted the traders can be heard in mobile videos saying that are doing it because they are from Kashmir.

Videos show two men in saffron kurtas thrashing the two vendors who were sitting on the road with their dry fruits spread out on a sheet. One of the attackers beat the men with a wooden stick. In one of the videos, one of the Kashmiri men is seen covering his head and pleading the attackers to stop beating him.

Another video shows the saffron-clad men asking the second dry fruit seller for his identify card as he tried to pack up and leave the spot.

A local resident is seen intervening and asking the men to stop further assault of the two vendors. “Don’t take law into your own hands. Call the police,” one the locals can be seen saying.The Kashmiri men have been selling dry fruits in Lucknow for many years, the NDTV report said.

A case of rioting and breach of peace has been registered and one person, Bajrang Sonkar, has been arrested, the police said.

However, the main accused, who claims to be  the president of the Vishwa Hindu Dal, has not been arrested and has been posting on Facebook, claiming that it was he and his men who carried out the attack. The video of the attack that he shared on Facebook has been taken down.

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