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Kashmiri model accused of eve-teasing, assaulted by gang of four in Bengaluru

SRINAGAR

A 24-year-old Kashmiri student was assaulted by a group of four men allegedly for eve-teasing a girl in Bengaluru, a media report said today.

According to a report by the Deccan Herald, Absar Zahoor Dhar, a resident of Srinagar who does part time modelling to fund his studies, was attacked by the gang at AECS Layout near HAL in southeast Bengaluru on March 20.

Dhar, who sustained suffered grievous injuries to his hand, head and face in the attack, claimed that hat he had no idea why the gang confronted him twice on two days and assaulted him.

Kashmiri students were attacked in various parts of the country after Pulwama attack.

The police, however, said the attack had nothing to do with the Pulwama incident or any outsider animosity.

Based on his complaint, the HAL police arrested the accused, identified as Nithin (25), Manjesh (21), Gautham (26), and Abhi alias Santhosh (20), all residents of Kundalahalli Colony.

According to the report, trouble began for Dhar, a civil engineering student at the CMRIT College, on the evening of March 19 when he had gone to the gym.

“As he was having coffee at Madouk Cafe, a group of four to five people, one of whom identified himself as Nithin, approached Dhar and accused him of eve-teasing. Dhar politely refuted the allegation, following which Nithin and his associates warned him and left the cafe,” the report said.

“The next day, when Dhar was at an ice-cream parlour in AECS Layout, the accused, armed with iron rods, dragged him out of the shop and began assaulting him without any provocation.”

This time, the accused said he was riding his bike rashly. “My friends rushed to my help or else they could have killed me,” Dhar told DH.

Dhar, who sustained injuries to his hand, head and face, was rushed to a nearby hospital by his friends.

Dhar said he continues to live in fear, not even attending his classes, as all the four accused have obtained bail.

“I am living in fear and not attending college as the assailants roam free in front of my house as if nothing has happened,” said Dhar.

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