Wed. Oct 16th, 2019

Attack on Kashmiris in Lucknow work of ‘misguided people’, appeals for unity: PM Modi

‘State Govts directed to strictly act against perpetrators of Lucknow like attacks’

New Delhi:Two days after two Kashmiri men selling dry fruits were assaulted by a group of men linked to a right-wing fringe outfit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the incident and said the attack was carried out by some ‘misguided people’, while appreciating the timely action taken by the UP government.
While speaking at a public rally in Kanpur, PM Modi also urged other states to take strict action against such incidents and appealed for maintaining an atmosphere of unity.
Two Kashmiri men selling dry fruits in a Lucknow market were assaulted and verbally abused on Wednesday evening by a group of men linked to Vishwa Hindu Dal, a little-known local religious outfit.
Five men were arrested Thursday in connection with the incident, including the two main accused who have been identified as Bajrang Sonkar and Amar Mishra, and the Dal’s president Ambuj Nigam.
Sonkar has a “criminal history”, with around 12 cases registered against him, including charges of theft, loot and murder, said police.
The victims were identified as Afzal Nayak and Abdul Salam Nayak, both residents of Kulgam in J&K.

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