Police arrest four over beating Kashmiris in Delhi, says fight was over feeding stray dogs

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On Thursday, a 40-year-old man from Srinagar and his three sisters, who live in southeast Delhi’s Sunlight Colony, were beaten up by a group of residents who wielded sticks and allegedly called them “Kashmiri terrorists”.

Delhi police arrests four persons for beating up Kashmiri siblings, calling them ‘terrorists’ The video shows one of the siblings being slumped next to a car and being pulled by someone in the crowd, said a report by Indian Express.

A screen grab of the video

The Delhi police on Saturday arrested four persons a day after a group of four people from Kashmir were beaten up in southeast Delhi on Thursday night. The victims, including three women, were allegedly surrounded and beaten up by a group of people. “The fight was over feeding stray dogs,” police said, the report mentioned.

On Thursday, a 40-year-old man from Srinagar and his three sisters, who live in southeast Delhi’s Sunlight Colony, were beaten up by a group of residents who wielded sticks and allegedly called them ‘Kashmiri terrorists’. Multiple complaints were filed from both sides and the residents alleged that the siblings would feed dogs in the vicinity, which attracted more canines and caused a menace, police said.

However, a victim said, “Attackers raised slogans ‘Kashmiri terrorists go back’. People want us to leave this area. We are staying here for years on rent.”

A video of the incident shows some people, including women, arguing with and assaulting the victims. One of the siblings is seen slumped next to a car and being pulled by someone in the crowd.

“#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,” says victim. Delhi police starts probe,” an Indian Express reporter shared on Twitter.

“On Thursday, my fiancée, who is from Iran, had come to meet my sisters at home. We were going to drop her back to her hotel when some residents carrying sticks and batons blocked our way. They shouted at us saying you are a Kashmiri terrorist, go back. They beat me and my sisters. When we took out our phones to record, they broke two of them. We had alerted police about the issue earlier, and told them that residents don’t want us staying here,” Indian Express quoted the man, who has been staying on rent in Sunlight Colony’s Siddhartha Extension for over seven years. “They targeted us only because we are Kashmiri,” he alleged.

Based on the complaint, police filed a case under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 341 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), the report said.

Reacting to this, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also tweeted: “Apparently the girl was made a target because she was feeding stray dogs. What sick mindset is this,” reported Indian Express.

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