Jammu, 14 October: Investigations into the truck attack that happened at Udhampur have brought to the fore a very disturbing development. Akin to indoctrination done in militant camps, the group of eight persons were ‘motivated’ by repeatedly showing them videos of bovine slaughter and “hatred against minorities, especially Hindus” in Kashmir before the attack.
The accused are young men, in early 20’s, who had planned the attack when the beef ban first began. They had been triggered by the circulation of bovine slaughter videos on social media platforms. Five of the eight have been arrested while three, that include the architect of the attack plan, have evaded arrest so far.
As per sources, politicians are believed to be the instigators and the police has been conducting investigations to nab the ‘real’ culprits. Dossiers of rumour-mongers have been prepared and if necessary, those on the list may be arrested under the Public Safety Act if deemed necessary.
Surinder Gupta, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Udhampur-Reasi Range has confirmed all the above developments.
He said, “Preliminary investigations suggested that the accused attacked truckers in the backdrop of a controversy over the beef issue. We are working on different theories and will unravel the mystery soon.”
Two persons had received burn injuries in the attack where miscreants hurled bottles containing combustible material on their Kashmir-bound truck in Udhampur with three persons inside it. The injured are receiving treatment at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital and their condition was stated to be stable.
The attack took place following tension in Udhampur district after three bovine carcasses were found in the Chenani area on October 8 under mysterious circumstances.