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Lucknow: Passer-by Comes to The Rescue of Kashmiri Vendor Being Attacked By Saffron-Clad Goons (Watch)

The goons reportedly belonged to a group called Vishwa Hindu Dal.

A group of men were seen on camera assaulting two Kashmiri youths in Daliganj locality in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city.

One person has been arrested following the attack.

In the first video shared by journalist Prashant Kumar, the men are seen violently asking a vendor to pack his stall and move out. Seconds later, a passer-by is seen coming to the rescue of the vendor. He intervenes asks the men what the matter is, to which they say, “Kashmiri hai,” in a tone indicating that being Kashmiri was evidence enough for him to be lammed. In response, the passerby adds that the men should not take law in their hands, and if they have a problem, they should call the police.

In a second video, the men are seen hurling abuses and thrashing another Kashmiri vendor with a stick, asking him to fill up his bag with the stuff he displayed at his stall by the street, and get out. The journalist who tweeted the video added that this is not the ‘New India’ anyone hoped for, and is enough for Indians to hang their heads in shame.

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The main accused, identified as Bajranj Sonkar, has been arrested, said a police official. Sonkar claims to be the president of the Vishwa Hindu Dal.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, hitting out at the video said that videos like these will only further damage the idea of India in the heads of Kashmiris. “Nothing will do more damage to the idea of India in J&K than videos like these. Keep thrashing Kashmiris like this on the streets at the hands of RSS/Bajrang Dal goons & then try to sell the idea of “atoot ang”, it simply wont fly.”

Some also tweeted in appreciation of the passerby who stopped the assault. A journalist wrote, “When #Kashmiri traders were being beaten by right wing goons in #Lucknow yesterday, this gentleman in the pic -perhaps a local who was passing by – stepped in , told off the goons and stopped the assault . Don’t know who he is but till people like him are around there is hope!”

This is reportedly the latest in a series of incidents of violence against Kashmiris in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

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(With PTI inputs)

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