Kanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday yet again deplored attack on Kashmiris and asked the state governments to take strict action against the culprits. Condemning the assault on two Kashmiri dry fruit sellers by a group of saffron-clad men in broad daylight in Lucknow on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said that ‘it is very important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country’. (PM Modi in UP Live Updates)

PM Modi termed the attack on the Kashmiri vendors in Lucknow a work of ‘misguided people’ and lauded the Yogi Adityanath-led state government for immediately acting against the culprits.

Addressing a gathering after flagging off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor, through video conferencing from Kanpur, he also requested other state governments to take strict action, wherever such acts take place. Notably, PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for the Agra Metro Rail project at the same event.

On Wednesday, a video went viral on social media which showed some saffron ‘activists’ with sticks in hand, hitting the two men and hurling abuses at them alongside a busy traffic road. While one of them escaped after getting a beating, the other was cornered and berated for being a Kashmiri.

“Why are you hitting him?”, asks a passerby in the video, to which one of the attackers responds with, “He’s a Kashmiri.”  A little while later passersby intervened and questioned the attackers to which one assailant said they were inquiring about the dry fruit seller’s ID (identity card). The Kashmiri man was seen assuring the passersby as well as the attackers that he had a valid permit for his roadside stall.