Truck drivers and conductors from Shopian, in south Kashmir were attacked, injured and stripped off cash allegedly by rioters in Samba district. Kashmiri truckers were heading towards valley from Delhi when a mob of rioters attacked them in the outskirts of Samba town.
“The rioters had assembled along the Highway and were targeting the vehicles bearing number plates of the Kashmir Valley. They smashed our vehicles and beat us ruthlessly,” said a truck driver, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Tengwani of Shopian.
Tanveer was driving a truck number JK22/4084.
He said that he was carrying Rs 25,000 in cash. “The rioters snatched the money from me. My conductor was hit on forehead with a sharp edged weapon and received three stitches,” he added.
Tanveer identified the conductor as Nazir Ahmad Khanday son of Ghulam Mohammad Khanday resident of Pinjoora, Shopian.
Another driver injured allegedly by rioters in Samba has been identified as Shakeel Ahmad Mir son of Khazir Mohammad Mir resident of Pinjoora, Shopian. He sustained head injury. The locals calling Kashmir Life said that he was driving truck number JK03B/8922.
The truckers said that they feared for their lives and instead of going to police they preferred to reach their homes.