SRINAGAR: Chief minister Mufti Sayeed had to face protests from the relatives and family members of the two Kashmiri Muslim truckers who were attacked with a petrol bomb by a Hindu mob in Udhampur district on Friday last week.
Showkat Ahmad Dar of Uranhal and Zahid Ahmad of Batengoo, Anantnag, suffered severe burn injuries in the attack, while their colleague Rameez Ahmad escaped unhurt after he jumped out of truck. The injured are being treated at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.
The state government had given Rs 20,000 in cash to the families of the duo and also funded their air travel to Indian capital.
On Tuesday, the family members and relatives of the truckers demonstrated outside the Degree College Khanabal when Mufti was leaving it after inaugurating an auditorium.
As soon as Mufti reached the college gate, the protesting relatives of the victims shouted slogans forcing him to stop his vehicle and talk to them for a couple of minutes, witnesses said. The protesters were joined by college students who shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans, demanding stern punishment to the assailants, five of whom have been arrested.
Mohammad Ashraf Molvi, Showkat’s brother-in-law, said the attackers should be booked under the Public Safety Act.
“Had any Kashmiri indulged in such a crime he would have been booked under some harshest law. We demand all attackers be arrested and booked under the PSA,” Molvi told reporters.
He said they have also returned the cash, provided to them for the treatment of the injured, to the chief minister.
“We stopped Mufti on the college gate only to return the money that had been provided us two days ago as compensation. We returned Rs 30,000, Rs 10,000 in cash and a cheque of Rs 20,000,” he told reporters.