Kashmiri youth including women attacked in Delhi

Kashmiri youth including women attacked in Delhi
Published at May 12, 2018 04:03 AM 0Comment(s)3732views

We were attacked with sticks, blamed for Pandit exodus: Victim
We’ve no information: JK Resident Commissioner
Authorities in Delhi say issue a neighborhood dispute: Police

Kashmiri youth including women attacked in Delhi
Sameer Showkin Lone
Srinagar, May 11:
A disturbing video has gone viral on social media in which a group of Kashmiri youth including women are beaten by locals in Delhi.
The incident took place late last night in SidharthExtention area of New Delhi.
The video of the incident was posted on Twitter by a Delhi-based journalist captioned, “Kashmiri youths beaten up by a group of residents with sticks in southeast Delhi.”
“Attackers raised slogans Kashmiri terrorists go back. People want us to leave this area. We are staying here for years on rent,” the journalist quoted the victim in the tweet.
Narrating the incident, victim Bilal Hussain told Rising Kashmir over phone from Delhi that the locals of the area have been continuously taunting them from last one year.
“Last night, some guests had visited us. We went out with them at around 12:30 pm along with my three sisters. A group of 40 locals pounced on us and beat us (including my sisters) with hockey sticks. We suffered injuries and were hospitalized later,” he said.
According to Hussian, the group of 40 locals always hurl taunts at them whenever they move out. “They pass remarks like Kashmiri terrorists…you people forced Kashmiri Pandits out of Kashmir. (Aap Kashmiri dehshatgardun ne Kashmiri Panditskowahan se nikala)”.
Hussainsaid the attack on them last night seemed a planned one as the locals were carrying sticks and hockey sticks as soon they say them venturing out.
“Some of them, who attacked us, taunt us daily. Many of the attackers are members of the Residents Welfare Association of the area,” he said.
Hussain said he has been working in Delhi here for last several years. “My sisters and other family members are also here. But we are facing tough time here now”.
According to Hussain, they approached the National Human Rights Commission and Delhi Police several times in pastbut no action was taken on their complaints.
“It has not come to our notice. We have no idea about the incident,” said Shafqat Khan Joint Resident Commissioner, J&K Government in New Delhi.
Senior minister and government spokesperson NaeemAkhtar didn’t respond to the repeated phone calls.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman said the issue as communicated by the authorities from Delhi pertains to the neighborhood dispute and Delhi Police has taken the cognizance of this incident.
“The matter has been taken up with the concerned authorities in Delhi and the Police officers in Kashmir are in touch with their counterparts from Delhi,” he said.