Rajnath Singh to states: Take action against those who misbehave with Kashmiris
Home minister Rajnath Singh’s advisory comes after Kashmiris were targeted in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradeshindia Updated: Apr 21, 2017 18:09 IST
The central government asked states on Friday to protect Kashmiris after incidents of violence and intimidation against them.
Billboards asking “stone-pelting Kashmiris” to leave Uttar Pradesh were seen in Meerut on Thursday. A group of Kashmiri students at a private university in Rajasthan was allegedly called terrorists and beaten up by locals.
The billboards have seen been pulled down, and police have filed charges against the leader of a fringe group, the Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena, for trying to foment communal disharmony.
Emphasising that people of Kashmir are equal citizens of India, home minister Rajnath Singh said: “The states have been told to take strong action against people who misbehave with Kashmiris.”
On Thursday, the ‘Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena’, a fringe right-wing outfit put up hoardings in Meerut asking Kashmiris to leave the state . “Boycott those Kashmiris who pelt stones at Indian Army. Kashmiris leave UP or....” warns a hoarding, which carried the name of the organisation’s chief Amit Jani.A case was registered against Jani.
MHA Helpline Number for the people of J&K living in other parts of the country. pic.twitter.com/ojGAIIFkBo— HMO India (@HMOIndia) April 21, 2017
The hoardings appeared a day after a group of Kashmiri students of Mewar University in Rajasthan were allegedly called terrorists and assaulted by local residents, who were said to be upset over soldiers being targeted by stone-throwers in the strife-torn border state.
Kashmiri students ‘called stone-pelters’, beaten up in Rajasthan university
Six of us were assaulted in three separate attacks that took place at the same time in the market. The attacks seemed coordinated,” alleged Bahar Ahmed Giri, a student of pharmacy.
Though no one suffered serious injuries, students are upset with the university administration for failing to protect them and have demanded the arrest of the offenders.
They were beaten up for no reason, Giri said. “They hurled abuses, called us terrorists and said we throw stones at the army. They told us to go back to Kashmir and threatened that they won’t let us study here,” he said.
Police have registered an FIR against two unknown people for causing hurt but gave a different version of events.
In March 2016, four Kashmiri students were beaten up over rumours of beef being cooked in the university hostel. The following month, some Kashmiri students got into a scuffle with another group over India’s loss to West Indies in the T20 cricket world cup. Sixteen Kashmiri students and a warden, also from Kashmir, were suspended by the university after the incident.