Watch video: Men thrash Kashmiri businessman in Colaba, caught on CCTV

The refusal of the police to register an FIR in response to Younis Rather's assault has raised concerns over the handling of cases involving minority communities.

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New Delhi: In a concerning incident, a 41-year-old Kashmiri businessman, Younis Rather, was reportedly assaulted in Colaba, Mumbai. Despite his attempts to seek justice, the police have allegedly refused to file a First Information Report (FIR) in the case. The altercation, believed to stem from business rivalry, has sparked outrage.

Who is the victim?

Younis Rather, originally from Padshahi Bagh, Srinagar, Kashmir, has been residing in Mumbai for the past 18 years. He operates a tailoring business in Colaba, catering to a clientele that includes foreigners.

Alleged business rivalry

According to police reports, Younis and his alleged assailant both own tailoring businesses in close proximity to each other. Recent disputes over clientele escalated into a physical altercation on Tuesday. CCTV footage capturing the incident circulated widely on social media, revealing the assailant assaulting Younis while bystanders looked on.

Police response

Following the assault, Younis sought medical attention before approaching the Colaba police to file an FIR. However, police sources suggest that during questioning, both parties involved claimed the altercation stemmed from business disagreements rather than a criminal intent. Consequently, the police declined to register an FIR, citing the incident as a dispute rather than a criminal offense.

The refusal of the police to register an FIR in response to Younis Rather's assault has raised concerns over the handling of cases involving minority communities. As the case unfolds, it underscores the importance of ensuring justice and protection for all citizens, irrespective of their background.