Kashmiri laborers attacked in Assam, 3 injured

Kashmiri laborers attacked in Assam, 3 injured
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Three Kashmiri laborers were attacked and injured by a group of goons in Assam, creating panic among people from the Valley stranded in the state.

One of the injured, Muhammad Iqbal Dar, said they wereattacked in Surkana-Nadiyapur area of Assam, in the evening soon after breakingthe fast.

"They wanted us to leave from here. They attacked us fornone of our fault," said Dar of Chandigam village in Lolab.

Other two Kashmiri laborers who were injured in the attackare Abdul Hameed Gojri of Nagri, Kupwara and Asim Ahmad Mir of Khumriyal.

"The attack has created fear among all the strandedKashmiris who are doing labor work here," said Dar.

Soon after the attack,Kashmiri laborers were shifted to safer location by Assam Police. Dar said theywere shifted to SBT area of Assam and were now living with other strandedKashmiri laborers.

"We are a group of 33 Kashmiri laborers," Dar said. "Policeintervened on time otherwise we would have been beaten ruthlessly. The timelyintervention of Police saved us."

A police official said a case has been registered and one ofthe attackers has been arrested. "The Kashmiri laborers are safe now," theofficial said.

The stranded laborers inAssam have been told that they will be allowed to travel to Kashmir on May 9."We were informed by police authorities that we will be evacuated on May 9, butwe appeal J&K administration to evacuate us earlier," said Abdul HameedGojri, another Kashmiri laborer stranded in Assam.

This was the second such attack on stranded Kashmirilaborers in the past few weeks. Earlier, six laborers from Chenab Valley wereattacked by goons with iron rods and sticks at Pundo-Barote in HimachalPradesh.

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