BANGALORE – A 24-year-old Kashmiri student was allegedly beaten with iron rods by a group of youths at AECS Layout, near HAL, in southeast Bangalore on March 20.
Deccan Herald reported that while the four accused were arrested, they made bail the same day.
The victim Absar Zahoor Dhar hails from Srinagar. Dhar models to fund his studies. He said that the accused men roaming free made him fearful.
As per the report, Dhar was having coffee at the Madouk Café when four or five people approached him. One of the men identified himself as Nithin and accused Dhar of eve-teasing. Dhar refuted the allegation, following which Nithin and his friends warned him and left the cafe.
The next day, the accused dragged the victim out of an ice-cream parlour in AECS Layout and began assaulting him with iron rods. This time, the accused said he was riding his bike rashly.
Dhar was rushed to a nearby hospital. He told the Kashmir Walla he received 13 stitches on his hand, six on the face and five on the head.
Dhar told The Kashmir Walla over the phone that he had lived in Bangalore for three years, “and never such incident has happened with me.”
He said that he still doesn’t know why exactly he was attacked.
Based on Dhar’s complaint, the HAL police arrested the accused. They have been identified as Nithin (25), Manjesh (21), Gautham (26), and Abhi alias Santhosh (20). They are all residents of Kundalahalli Colony.
Talking to The Kashmir Walla Narasimha Murthy, an inspector at HAL police station in Bangalore, said, “We arrested four suspects on the day FIR was filed, but they were granted bail within a day.”
He refused a communal motive behind the attack. Murthy said, “What we know so far is that a person from the mob had come to warn him (Dhar) to not talk to his girlfriend.”
Dhar told Deccan Herald, “I am living in fear and not attending college as the assailants roam free in front of my house as if nothing has happened.”
Dhar told The Kashmir Walla that he also had 6-7 Kashmiri friends with him. He said, “If the motive behind the attack was my identity, being a Kashmiri, (my) other friends would have been beaten up too, but that didn’t happen.”
Dhar said that the mob was speaking in Kannada while they beat him up. “But, before leaving they said, ‘Don’t come back here’,” he said.
Absar’s brother Abrar Zahoor Dhar, notable for starring in the film Uri, posted on Facebook, “I just want an answer why aren’t they (the accused) charged with attempt to murder case! With giving bail to such goons you are just encouraging them to repeat this! Irrespective being Muslim, Hindu, Sikh or Isaai! It’s about humanity! I’m waiting for an answer!”
Absar Zahoor Dhar, 24-yr-old Kashmiri student has been beaten up in Bengaluru. Dhar, who funds his studies by modelling, says “They could have killed me… I’m living in fear, not attending college as the assailants roam free in front of my house as if nothing happened.” #kashmir pic.twitter.com/TcfeLbOFn1
— Fahad Shah (@pzfahad) March 24, 2019
On Twitter, IPS Abdul Ahad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Whitefield Division Bangalore, tried to gag Fahad Shah, the editor of The Kashmir Walla. The latter had posted about the incident along with the victim’s picture on his account.
Ahad warned Shah that he was committing an offence by discussing a subject under investigation in the public domain. Ahad said that Shah would be asked for a clarification and accused him of instigating people.