Bengaluru: In a disturbing incident, a group of men in Bengaluru allegedly assaulted a 24-year-old Kashmiri youth and his brothers after they failed to respond to their questions in Kannada, reports said. The brothers, while speaking to reporters, stated that a few so-called “pro-Kannada” activists, who were drunk, thrashed them over their inability to speak the local language.
The incident is said to have taken place on December 11 in Sanjay Nagar police station limits, reports said. The brothers added that soon after the assault, they had called the police who responded immediately and even managed to arrest two of the suspected men within 30 minutes.
The two arrested men were identified as Harish and Mahesh, reports said. Narrating the ordeal, the Kashmiri youth described the alleged perpetrators as “out of their mind” and “drunk”.
However, he added that his experience in the last four years in the city had been “good “ and even appreciated the local police’s prompt response.Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter regarding the issue, urging authorities to “take strict action” against the accused.
Meanwhile, the police is still searching for the remaining members of the group who attacked the duo.
The campaign for pro-Kannada movement has intensified in the last year, with activists not only advocating the promotion of the local tongue but also demanding job opportunities for Kannada speakers.