Kashmiri Trucker Thrashed for ‘Islam Zindabad’ Slogan on Vehicle in HP

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Srinagar: A Kashmiri truck driver and conductor were allegedly beaten by unknown people in Damtal area of Himachal Pradesh for "Islam Zindabad" inscribed on their vehicle.

Fayaz Ahmad, owner of the vehicle, said that his driver Rayees Ahmad and conductor Salman Dar, both residents of Watrad village in Khansahib hamlet of Budgam district were allegedly beaten by unknown persons on Friday evening.

Fayaz said that while they were unloading at the cardboard factory in Hamtal, unknown persons came and started beating them ruthlessly and despite 60 persons present at the factory, “nobody intervened”.

He said that the goons were continuously questioning them about the "Islam Zindabad" written on their vehicle.

“Despite contacting the authorities of the factory, nobody came to our rescue,” Fayaz said.

“What is wrong in writing Islam Zindabad on vehicle as hundreds of non- local drivers visit Kashmir on daily and had written different things in praise of their religion but nobody questions them here,” he said.

The victims demanded that the matter must be investigated and also the CCTV footage must be checked to book the culprits.

“If we have committed any mistake we are ready to face any punishment. But if we are not guilty then the involved person must be dealt strictly as per the law,” they said.

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