Mob with ‘swords and rods’ attacks man in Udhampur

Junaid hurt in UdhampurSRINAGAR: Two weeks after a brutal attack on Kashmir bound truckers in Udhampur district of Jammu, an unruly mob attacked a bank employee from Kishtwar in the same town on Friday evening.

Narrating his ordeal, Junaid Hussain Malik, a resident of Kishtwar, who is posted at Zonal Office of Jammu Kashmir Bank in Udhampur, said that his private vehicle (JK02A-0852) was intercepted by four ‘goons’ near Adarsh Colony.

“The goons with swords and rods first smashed the windshields of my vehicle and then dragged me out. As they came to know about my (Muslim) name, they were infuriated and hit me with rods,” Malik said.

“After dragging out of the vehicle they started kicking and hitting me. A masked youth carrying sword in his hand came closer to me but fortunately a biker passed through the road and the light of the bike forced them to take cover,” he said.

“I took advantage and fled from the spot. I hid myself behind a building of a showroom and called my colleague who advised me to stay there,” he added.

Malik said that robbery was not a motto behind the attack. “They didn’t take away cash that I was carrying with me but they just wanted to finish me,” Malik said.

“After half an hour I observed the movement of some people and while spotting a Muslim clerk who was coming out from a graveyard, I mustered courage and went on the spot of incident. The goons were not there and I escaped in my vehicle,” Malik said.

Malik added that he narrated the whole episode to police and they filed a case and assured him that goons would be identified and booked.

Malik said that some ‘zealots’ were present outside the mosque where he offered Friday prayers yesterday when people protested against recent ‘desecration’ of Holy Quran.

“When I came out (of the mosque) I found some youth surrounding my vehicle. I am sure it were the same youth who made an attempt on my life,” he said.

He said that the spot of incident was few meters away from the spot where petrol bomb was lobbed on Kashmiri truckers.

“I have informed Bank authorities about the incident. It is not only me but every Muslim is feeling insecure in Udhampur. You don’t know about the prevailing situation here. The tempers are high and I appeal everyone to be cautious,” he said.

When contacted, a police official said that they had registered a case vide FIR number 389/2015 under section 341, 323, 147 in this regard and a hunt had been launched to nab the culprits.