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An unidentified man was arrested in Lucknow on Thursday, 7 March after a video of him thrashing Kashmiri street vendors in Daliganj area, Lucknow went viral on Wednesday, ANI reported.
Kalanidhi Naithani,SSP: A man was seen in a viral video thrashing a Kashmiri street vendor in Lucknow, the vendor was later saved by locals. The culprit Bajrang Sonkar has been arrested by Police. Sonkar has criminal background and has 12 cases including a murder case against him pic.twitter.com/MdGNNlV4la— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 7, 2019
As per media reports, the detained has been identified as Bajrang Sonker, a local resident and the second perpetrator, Amar Mishra, who is also seen in the video clip is on the run. The two Kashmiris were abused, slapped and beaten by him.
उक्त प्रकरण में SHO हसनगंज द्वारा अवगत कराया गया कि मु0अ0सं0 80/19 धारा 147/323/504 iPC का पंजीकृत कर आवश्यक वैधानिक कार्यवाही की जा रही है।— LUCKNOW POLICE (@lkopolice) March 6, 2019
However, the leader of the attackers, Aniruddh Shyam, a member of Vishwa Hindu Dal took to his social media account and shared the video. The video has now been deleted from his profile but has gone viral through other profiles.
According to media reports, one of the assaulters, Himanshu Awasthi, self-proclaimed “former BJP politician” and member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, posted videos and photos on his Facebook profile boasting about thrashing Kashmiris.
While one of the Kashmiri men is seen crying as he is being beaten with sticks, the other is seen being asked to produce his identity card after some locals came to the rescue and stopped the attackers from further thrashing.
When the two attackers were asked why they were beating up the Kashmiri men, they replied that they were 'Kashmiris'.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter and wrote: "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? (sic)"
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. https://t.co/MYkuEuDLjj— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 7, 2019
Kashmiris across the country were threatened and attacked after the Pulwama attack which killed over 40 CRPF jawan. Earlier, shopkeepers in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh were forced by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers to shut their stalls at a handicraft exhibition in the presence of police. VHP workers had also forcibly closed down Kashmiri stalls at an exhibition in Faridpur, Bareilly.