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2 days after nomadic Muslim family thwarted molestation-abduction bid of their daughter, police yet to arrest ‘Hindu attackers’

Two days after a nomadic Muslim family braved an attack by a Hindu mob in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district on Saturday, the police are yet to arrest the accused.

The family from Kokernag in Kashmir division says that three-car borne men made an attempt to abduct their daughter as they were tending to their herd of sheep and goats on a road on Saturday evening.

“The Three men alighted from the car and walked towards my sister, and grabbed her and tried to drag her into the car,” Dilawar told news portal Clarion India.

Dilawar and his father Rafaqat Ali were quick in resistance. “We stepped ahead and pushed the men and freed my sister from their clutches. She ran away towards her mother,” he said.

But the three men retaliated with sticks leaving Rafaqat injured. “My sister and mother were also injured in the attack,” Dilawar said.

The attackers then rang someone and a mob of 50-60 people appeared at the site of the assault which took place at 7.30 pm.

Dilawar, while recounting the ordeal, said he bled from nose and mouth and his father was “beaten so much that he fell unconscious”.

His sister acted smartly — she sneaked away to safety and made a call to her uncle who rushed to the police station.

A police team came to their rescue. They removed an unconscious Ali to a hospital in Samba town wherefrom he was rushed to government medical college in Jammu city.

The incident came to the fore after former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted with a picture of injured Rafaqat being shifted to a hospital.

“I have been advised to show up for check-up after two days,” said Rafaqat who was discharged from the hospital on Monday and is putting up with his relatives in Jammu.

Dilawar alleged that on Sunday afternoon the attackers burnt their huts after a police case was registered. He claimed that some of their livestock is missing as the family got busy attending Rafaqat at the hospital.

Mehbooba’s tweet fetched a reaction from the Inspector General of Police for Jammu Mukesh Singh who on Twitter wrote that a case has been registered against a mob for physically assaulting a Muslim family and a statement has been recorded from one of the family members who sustained injuries in the attack.”

Police in Samba reportedly said that the attackers are yet to be arrested as they are yet to be identified. ‘The family does not know who assaulted them,’ said the Station House Officer in Samba.

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