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5 people from Kashmir thrashed in Delhi, police begin probe

The victims, including four women, were surrounded and beaten up by a mob of 30-40 people late Thursday night. The victims alleged that they were targeted because they were Kashmiris.

SNS | New Delhi |

A group of Kashmiri people was thrashed by a mob in Sunlight Colony near Maharani Bagh in New Delhi, following which police launched a probe, police said on Friday.

The victims, including four women, were surrounded and beaten up by a mob of 30-40 people late Thursday night. The victims alleged that they were targeted because they were Kashmiris.

“My sisters were abused and beaten up. I have a broken left hand and one of my guests who had come to visit us was also attacked. It was a planned attack and the accused were carrying hockey sticks,” said one of the victims.

He said that they were roughed up and the accused were shouting slogans, “Kashmiri terrorists should be sent back”.

He said that they had been attacked a couple of times earlier also and had been living in fear in the locality. Police have registered a case and are probing the matter, an officer said.

However, as per NDTV news report, the residents of the locality have accused the Kashmiri men of misbehaving with the residents, which led to an altercation.

On people carrying hockey sticks, a resident claimed that they had sticks with them because of dog menace in the locality, added the news report.

The attack on Kashmiri people in the national capital has again raked up the issue of safety of the people from the Valley.

Earlier in April, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had asked all states to ensure safety of Kashmiri people living in the different parts of the country.

Singh had said that Kashmiris are Indian citizens and an advisory is being sent by the Home Ministry to all states to ensure the safety and security of people from the Valley.

Singh’s statement came in the wake of alleged incidents of misbehaviour and assault against people of Kashmiri origin in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.