Kolkata: Kashmiri Man Attacked and Robbed; One Person Arrested
He has received 15 stitches, three on his stomach and another 12 near his thighs, and has cut marks across his shoulders.
The Railway Police on Saturday night arrested one and held another in connection with a Kashmiri man’s attack and robbery case, near Park Circus Railway Station of Sealdah division’s south section in Kolkata. The police have refused to disclose their identities.
The victim Shakur Ahmad Shah is a shawl trader from Soibugh village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, Greater Kashmir reported. A report in Anandabazaar Patrika mentioned that Shah was living in a rented house at Santoshpur in Kolkata for the past few years. He was travelling from Jadavpur to Park Circus by a train to return Rs 1,95,000 to a moneylender when the incident took place on Friday evening, the report added. He has received 15 stitches, three on his stomach and another 12 near his thighs, and has cut marks across his shoulders, as per a report published in The Times of India.
“I was carrying the money in a shoulder bag… I had started walking towards Lohapool and had just crossed the second railway track a little after 6 pm when someone called me from behind and asked me in Bengali: Are you a Kashmiri? When I replied in the affirmative, he attacked me from behind. Three others pounced on me and started stabbing and punching me. Then they snatched my bag and fled,” Shah told TOI.
Speaking to Anandabazaar, Shah said that no one responded to his cries of help. The TOI report added that Shah then called up two of his friends who came and took him to Calcutta National Medical College hospital. He said, “This is the first time I faced such hostility in the city. I am nervous. But the police have been of great help.”
A top state police official was quoted as saying by TOI, “We are working closely in association with Kolkata Police and going through CCTV footage to identify the accused. We are also taking the help of the detective department to check out criminals active in the area. If required, the DGP has asked us to seek the help of CID.”
“The attack here was to snatch money and comparing this incident with the earlier attacks on Kashmiris in Behala and in Nadia’s Taherpur would be wrong,” the official added.