Stop harassing Kashmiri students studying outside state

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that all states should ensure safety of Kashmiri students living in the country.

"I have asked states to take strict action against those who misbehave with the Kashmiri youth", he added.

Singh's appeal came against the backdrop of recent attacks on Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and surfacing of threat banners in Uttar Pradesh asking Kashmiris to leave. "No one can rubbish this truth that many people from Kashmir are contributing to India's safety and prosperity".

A Kashmiri student at the Mewar University was d as saying, "At least 9 fellow students were beaten up with sticks and bats around 6 pm on Wednesday near Gangrar town after locals got to know that we are from Kashmir".

Stating that he has already shed away the VIP frill, Singh expressed hope that the Jammu and Kashmir Government will also follow the Centre's decision sincerely.

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. They hurled abuses, called us terrorists and said we throw stones at the Army.

A group of students of Mewar University at Chittorgrah had gone to buy groceries where locals taunted them as stone-pelters after enquiring their name and home state which resulted in a scuffle. "I appeal to all youngsters to treat them as their brothers, they are Indian citizens and members of our family".

Hoardings calling for Kashmiris to leave Uttar Pradesh have turned up in Meerut.

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