Kashmiri Trucker, Helper ‘Thrashed’ In Pathankot

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Srinagar: A Kashmiri truck driver and his helper on Tuesday were beaten up by a group of goons in Pathankot area of Punjab while they were driving down to Jammu.

“Our car broke down in Pathankot on Tuesday evening. While we were changing the punctured tyre of our truck, some unknown persons appeared and started demanding money from us,” Mohammad Aabid Bhat, the truck driver, told Kashmir Observer on Wednesday.

A resident of Bijbehara in Anantnag district, Bhat alleged that four to five men came in an auto (Registration Number. PB06AU- 5376) and raised extortion demand.

“They threatened to beat us if we did not pay them money. When we refused, they punched us on our faces and stomach. They also smashed the windows and glasses of the truck,” he said.

He said somehow they managed to contact the police, who reached the spot, but till then the alleged attackers had left the spot.

The alleged attack on truck driver and his helper in Punjab comes days after trucker Rayees Ahmad and his conductor Salman Dar, both residents of Khansahib, were allegedly beaten by unknown people in Damtal area of Himachal Pradesh because the truck was scribbled with ‘Islam zindabad’ on its back side.

Meanwhile, Nasir Khuehami, a student activist, who takes up students and people’s issues on a regular basis, tweeted the picture of the injured driver and the damaged truck and sought action against the goons from the Punjab government.

“Requesting Punjab CM @capt_amarinder @CMOPb @RT_MediaAdvPBCM to intervene in this Matter and to take cognizance of such gory incident happened and end suffering like this with Kashmiri people in Punjab and requesting him to book all those who are involved in it,” Khuehami said.

Khuehami told Kashmir Observer on Wednesday that all the accused have been traced out after intervention from Chief Minister’s office.

“FIR is likely to be registered tomorrow after driver returns to Punjab” he said.

Earlier, Pathankot Police put out a Tweet announcing that cognisance of the matter has been taken.

“We have taken cognisance of the matter. Strict legal action will be ensured on the complaint of Mr Abid. We are committed to ensure the safety and security of all. Jai Hind !” the Tweet read.

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