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Omar blames Modi for assault on Kashmiri students

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, May 05, 2014
First Published: 21:08 IST(5/5/2014) | Last Updated: 08:29 IST(6/5/2014)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah stepped up attack on Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on Monday, blaming him for the assault on three Kashmiri students at a private university in Greater Noida.

Campaigning for the last leg of the 2014 polls in Kashmir, Omar alleged that Modi was playing with fire for mere political gains.

In a recent interview to a TV channel, Modi had said Kashmir was the only state from where people were driven out on the basis of religion. He was referring to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits.

"For mere political gains, Narendra Modi is playing with fire. This dangerous act will create distress and dismay in the minds of the young generation," Omar said.

In another attack on Modi two days ago, the National Conference leader had turned the heat on the Gujarat chief minister over the violence in Assam that killed 33 people dead and displaced thousands.

Omar had alleged that before the massacre, Modi had labelled all Muslims in Assam as Bangladeshis and tried to spew venom against them.

Read: Kashmiris made to shout anti-Pak slogans in Noida

Addressing election rallies in north Kashmir on Monday, Omar requested chief ministers of all states to ensure safety of Kashmiri students.

His appeal came after three youngsters from a private university in Greater Noida were beaten up and forced to shout "anti-Pakistan" slogans by fellow students on Saturday night in a replay of the Meerut incident where 67 students from the Valley had been suspended for cheering on the Pakistan cricket team last month.

Earlier in the day, Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter, "If the universities or state authorities can't protect Kashmiri students coming there, then… admit your inability or unwillingness."

Read: Omar reacts sharply, says state govts should admit 'inability' to protect Kashmiri students


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