Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik on Friday was attacked allegedly by a group of BJP activists in Ajmer where he is currently to take part in the Eid Milad celebrations at the Dargah.
Malik told HT over phone that a mob of around 400 to 500 people carrying BJP flags threw stones and bottles at him when he was in his hotel near the Dargah Sharief. One of the stone hit Malik's head.
"After returning from Dargah in the morning I was standing in the balcony of the hotel in which I am staying with my wife, when suddenly a group of 400 to 500 BJP activists came charging towards the hotel. When they saw me, they raised slogans like Bharat mein rehna hai tou Ram Raj kehna hai and Bharat me rehna hai tou vande matram kehna hai," Malik said.
"They attacked me with stones and bottles and one of the stone hit my head. Although the injury is swollen but I am ok," he said.
Malik said that the attackers, who were carrying tricolour and BJP flags, were subdued after "hundreds of Kashmiris who are in Ajmer to take part in the urs at the Ajmer Sharief came immediately towards the hotel to support him."
"Many Kashmiri people are in Ajmer Sharief right now. When they came to know about the attack, they reached the hotel to support us. Police came after about 50 minutes," he said.
Separatist leaders of Kashmir have often become a target of mobs in various states particularly after a seminar in New Delhi in September last year which became famous in media for "anti India" speeches by speakers including hard-line separatist Syed Ali shah Geelani. Since then moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has also attacked many times during his tour of various cities.