3 Kashmiri Youth Beaten Up In Jharkhand

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Threatened To Leave City; Police Files FIR

Srinagar: Three Kashmiri youth on Thursday were beaten up, forced to shout anti-Pakistan slogans and threatened of dire consequences if they don’t leave Ranchi, the capital of east India’s Jharkhand state as soon as possible.

Bilal Ahmed, Shabir Ahmed and Waseem Ahmed, were beaten up by some locals led by an armed youth identified as Sonu in the Hathikhana area of the capital city, Aaj Tak reported Thursday.

The Kashmiri youths, reports said, were also forced to chant anti-Pakistan slogans and threatened of serious consequences if they didn't leave the area at the earliest.

“Every winter, we come to the city to earn our livelihood by selling woollen clothes. However, from the last few days, the behaviour of locals towards us has abruptly changed. They have been continuously harassing us,” Bilal Ahmad told the news channel.

Ahmad, who has been living in a rented house for over two decades, said that on Thursday a youth named Sonu and some locals thrashed him at gunpoint, made him chant anti-Pakistan slogans and warned him to leave the area.

Meanwhile, the Kashmiri youths have moved a written application with the police station Doranda following which an FIR has been registered and investigations taken up.

In-charge, police station, Doranda Ramesh Kumar Singh has been quoted in the report as saying that those involved in assaulting and threatening Kashmiri traders will be arrested soon.

However, an official from police station Doranda told Kashmir Observer over phone that a drug addict youth namely Kishori assaulted a Kashmiri youth following an argument. In the assault, he said, the Kashmiri youth sustained minor injuries.

“The accused has been arrested. We have also filed a case against him,” the official said.

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