In a shocking video that was accessed by Republic TV, a group of local people in Srinagar was seen thrashing a BJP worker who tried to hoist the Indian flag at Lal Chowk.
The video that was accessed happens to be shot from a footpath where people could be seen running towards a large crowd. The few constables who are seen in the footage happens to struggle while making a way in between the crowd. A number of youth who seem like college going students can be seen chanting anthems against the BJP worker.
At the beginning of the video, a few people can be seen thrashing a man who was being taken by the police. After moving towards the crowded area it could be seen that the conflict was taking place behind a van on a service road which had its back door open where another man was seen being beaten by the public.
The incident has taken place near the clock-bearing obelisk of Lal Chowk in the Ghanta Ghar where almost a few hundred people could be seen eagerly trying to get a glimpse of the issue. People can also be seen leaning from the footpath with phones in their hands to get the same footage.
As per sources, the BJP worker tried to hoist the flag before he was cornered by a few local people who started hitting him. The Jammu and Kashmir police, in order to handle the situation has taken the BJP worker into custody. These visuals comes a day before India would celebrate its 72nd year of Independence.
Additionally, sources also suggested that a few youngsters among the people also hoisted the national flag of Pakistan in an attempt to celebrate their Independence Day.
Lieutenant General BS Jaswal who reacted to the incident stated that this was a pure act of sedition and a contempt against the nation. It was the lack of stringent action against the perpetrators that has encouraged them to indulge in such activities repeatedly, he said.
Kashmiri activist Lalit Ambardar said, "This normalisation of anti-India activities in Kashmir is what politics of Kashmir has done to the state". "The mainstream politics in the country is subversive" he added.