Srinagar: A Kashmiri shawl trader from Soibugh area of Budgam district has become the latest victim of mob frenzy in West Bengal following last week’s bombing on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama which left 49 troopers dead.
Javid Ahmad Khan (27) of Astanpora mohallah of Soibugh was beaten by an abusive mob in Taherpur area of Nadia district last night, the video of which went viral on social media.
In the video, Khan can be seen bleeding from his mouth and nose, as men who can’t be seen hurl abuses at him while forcing him to shout ‘Vande Mataram’.
Greater Kashmir quoted one of Khan’s cousin’s as saying that Khan was staying at his rented accommodation along with his brother when the mob attack took place around 9 pm last night.
“Both Javid and his brother Mehraj ud Din had closed their shops following tension over Pulwama attack. But last night a mob attacked Javid at his rented accommodation,” he said, adding that the police arrived at the scene after an hour.
“They saved him from the mob and shifted him to a safer location. But before their arrival on the scene Javid was assaulted by the mob,” he said.
Eldest among five siblings, Khan like scores of other Soibugh residents, has been engaged in shawl trading in West Bengal for past many years. “He has been visiting Kolkata for past ten years,” said his cousin.
Police officials told GK that Khan was safe now and had been shifted to safer location.
The attack on Khan comes just two days after chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the workers of the BJP and RSS for a string of assaults in the state.
Similar attacks took place on Kashmir traders at Budh Marg in Bihar last week when a mob vandalized their shops of Kashmiri traders and threatened them to leave the state following an attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama that left 49 troopers dead.