Three young Kashmiri men were detained for questioning and later released in Mumbai on Tuesday. The three men had come to the city to meet an agent with regard to working abroad.
But the incident has sparked panic in the Valley.
Kashmiris say the police are targeting them after the Ahmedabad and Bangalore serial blasts.
“It is irresponsible and insincere to blame Kashmiris for everything that happens in India. When you target a particular people, you straightway call them persona non grata,” PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat said.
Some parents, whose children are studying in Bangalore, said their wards were beaten up after the July 25 blasts. Mohammad Hassan, whose son is a college student there, has advised him to avoid going out. “We have been calling him almost every hour. We are sleepless with worry,” he said.
Shoukat Ahmad Bhat, whose son Altaf works at a call centre, has asked him to come back. There are around 500 Kashmiris working in call centres in the city. Many more work in IT firms and several have established their own business. “They are a harassed lot. Some of them have already returned and others are contemplating leaving,” he said.
A businessman in Mumbai called a local newspaper, alleging Kashmiris are being specifically targeted. “We feel insecure,” he said.