Rajnath Singh calls on states to ensure safety of Kashmiris after banners surface in UP asking them to leave

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked all states to ensure the safety of Kashmiris living in different parts of the country. Condemning the alleged incidents of harassment of Kashmiris, the home minister said they are like any other Indian and an advisory is being sent by the home ministry to all states to ensure the safety and security of people from the Valley.

"I have come to know that there were a few incidents of misbehaviour towards Kashmiris in some places. I appeal to all chief ministers to ensure the security of Kashmiris," he told reporters in Delhi.

File photo of Home MInister Rajnath Singh. AFP

File photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

Singh's statement came in the wake of reports alleging that Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were receiving threats.

Condemning the incidents, the Home Minister said proper inquiry should be initiated in each case and strongest possible action should be taken against the guilty. Singh said that Kashmiris are like any other Indian.

"The contributions of the people of Kashmir in nation building are immense. They are like any other Indian. I appeal to everyone to consider the Kashmiri youths as their own brethren and treat them well. They are part of the family," he said.

Rajyon ko kaha hai ki koi bhi Kashmiri bacchon ke saath kahin badsalooqi karta hai uspe kadi karyavahi ki jaaye: HM Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/QDp06DGmwG

Singh's statement came in the wake of reports alleging that Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were being threatened after the latest incidents of stonepelting and assault on security personnel by Kashmiri youths in the Valley.

Banners calling for the boycott of Kashmiris and asking people from the Valley to leave Uttar Pradesh have come up in Meerut. The banners have been put up by a little-known outfit, Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena. Its chief Amit Jani said that they have put up these banners and hoardings along the Partapur bypass outside the colleges where Kashmiri students study.

Police said that action will be taken against those putting up such hoardings. But the outfit said it is only the first step and it will launch a "halla bol" campaign from 30 April to "banish" the Kashmiris who do not leave the state on their own.

Reports from Rajasthan said tension prevailed in Chittorgarh on Wednesday when a group of locals clashed with a few Kashmiri students of Mewar university after they were allegedly called "stone pelters" and taunted over a video showing a CRPF jawan being heckled in the Kashmir Valley.

A video clip of some youths assaulting soldiers on their way to poll duty in Kralpora area in central Kashmir's Budgam district had gone viral on social media recently, drawing nationwide outrage.

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Apr 21, 2017 11:31 am | Updated Date: Apr 21, 2017 12:32 pm


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