Bengaluru: Karachi Bakery forced to cover its signboard after mob protest

A mob in targeted Karachi Bakery in Bengaluru thinking it was owned by a Pakistani company in a latest incident of vandalism that ensued after Pulwama attack. The outlet was forced to cover up the word ‘Karachi’ from its board late on Friday.

A journalist posted the picture of the shop and wrote: “Protesters thronged KARACHI bakery in Indiranagar, Bangalore and demanded that Karachi part on sign board must be covered because of Pulwama attack. Protesters THOUGHT BAKERY WAS OWNED BY A PAKISTAN COMPANY.

The incident happened around 8pm when around 10 to 15 men allegedly threatened the bakery staff, demanding to know the reason behind the brand name.

“We received a distress call from the bakery late Friday night however no damage of property was reported,” said the police.

“The mob stayed for about half an hour. They demanded that we change the name. They thought we are from Pakistan,” the manager of the bakery told local news organization The News Minute.

The bakery is part of a chain founded in 1952 by Sindhi man, Khanchand Ramnami, who immigrated to Indian Hyderabad at the time of Partition. The bakery is famous for its biscuits and other savoury items.

In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, several reports of threat and harassment against Kashmiri students and traders had emerged from across India.

Several Kashmiri students were also been slapped with sedition charges for allegedly supporting the attack.

A journalist from Jammu and Kashmir was assaulted in Maharashtra’s Pune. Jibran Nazir, who works with a newspaper in Pune, was allegedly thrashed by two men on Thursday following an argument at a traffic signal.

The two alleged attackers told Nazir that they would “send him back to Kashmir”

The local police, who earlier dubbed it as an incident of road rage, registered a case against the two suspected assailants Friday evening and arrested one of them.

On February 22, the Supreme Court had also asked the Centre and 10 states to respond to a plea seeking its intervention to prevent alleged attacks on Kashmiri students.

The SC heard the petition which highlighted the alleged targeting of Kashmiri students in the country following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.