SRINAGAR The attack on Kashmiris in Uttar Pradeshs Lucknow drew widespread condemnation in Kashmir on Thursday even as questions were raised over the Central governments alleged inaction to stop the targeted violence against Kashmiris in parts of India following the February 14 Pulwama bombing.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah saying it had hurt the idea of India while PDP president Mehbooba Mufti accused the Centre of encouraging such people to polarise society.
“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’ (integral part), it simply won’t fly,” he said in a series of tweets.
“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?” he asked.
Abdullah also posed a question to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who represents the Lucknow seat in Lok Sabha, that if he would step in to deliver the justice in this case.
“Jenab @rajnathsingh Sahib. You represent this constituency in the Lok Sabha, this is the constituency where Vajpayee Sb was elected from & went on to be PM. If no one else will step in & deliver justice can we expect you to punish those guilty of this assault?” he added.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti accused the Centre of encouraging such people to polarise society.
“Kashmiris are being hounded & punished. The culprits here were clad in saffron kurtas & are from VHD. They have no fear & in fact uploaded the video on SM. GoIs conspicuous silence is actually a political tactic to encourage such elements & communalise the atmosphere until polls (sic),” she tweeted.
“You humiliate & assault Kashmiris. Make them feel like criminals & that they dont belong to this country. Why are you surprised then when young pliable men are taken under the wings of terror groups & indoctrinated?,” she said.
The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the registration of the case under weak and feeble provisions of rioting and breach of peace, for which only one person has been booked, seems to have been intentionally done to facilitate the early release of the culprit.
Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir termed the attack on Kashmiris outside the Valley as unfortunate, saying that either Government of India has failed to implement its writ over the attack on Kashmiris in other States.