Mob attacks Muslims in Zanskar, 1 youth injured

Srinagar: A mob on Friday attacked a group of Muslim youths in landlocked Zanskar area of Ladakh division, leaving one person critically injured, reports said.
The mob attacked some Muslim youths near Uffti village when they were on way to their homes. “Amanullah, a youth suffered serious injuries after the mob stripped him off and thrashed him mercilessly,” a local news agency CNS quoted a Zanskar resident as saying.
The incident, the news agency said, triggered protests from Muslims who took to streets in Padum town, where large number of Muslims live. Sensing the gravity of the situation, police immediately swung into action and arrested three Buddhist men involved in the assault. Police also sealed all roads to thwart clashes between the two communities.
The relations between majority Buddhists and Muslims in Zanskar strained after 22 members of four families of Buddhists embraced Islam in 2012.
On the directions of Zanskar Buddhist Association, Buddhists have been boycotting the Muslim population residing in historical town of Padum.
The father of the injured youth said his son was attacked by unruly mob without any provocation. “How long this will continue and how long will government deny us security,” he asked.
The Superintendent of Police Kargil, Sujit Kumar told CNS that police have registered a case against the three persons involved in the attack on the youth “who is out of danger.”
“We have arrested three persons in this connection and a case (FIR No. 2/2014, under Sections 323, 147 of RPC) has been registered against them,” Kumar said.
Chief Executive Councilor Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council Asghar Ali Karbalai said the situation has been brought under control. “We want both the communities to live in peace and harmony as they used to live in past,” he said.

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