Srinagar: Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday said the investigation into ransacking of shops of Kashmiri traders in Rohru area of Shimla was “going on” and the administration was awaiting the report after which issue of compensation would be decided.
“We have already ordered the investigation. The investigation is going on. Let the report come,” Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told GNS on phone.
An estimated loss worth Rs 18 lakh was suffered by Kashmiri traders after a mob ransacked and looted their shops in Rohru area of Shimla. Unverified videos of the incident surfaced on social media showing the violent attack.
Asked about the compension, the chief minister said, “I will see. Let the information come.”
Station House Officer (SHO) Rohru, JR Sharma said that a mob on December 27 attacked several shops including those of Kashmiris.
“A case under FIR number 166 under section 143, 147, 148, 149, 341, 153Aand 341 IPC has been registered into the incident,” he said.
According to the police official, the loss to the shopkeepers has been estimated at Rs 18 lakhs and the report has been forwarded to the concerned SDM. Sharma said Kashmiri traders are safe and no one was hurt in the incident.
The state Director General of Police Sita Ram Mardi said that they have collected the video and other evidences for investigations.
“We have launched investigations into the incident and assured the Kashmiri traders of action as per law against those involved,” Mardi said, adding the security of the traders will be ensured.