Safety for Kashmiris must be ensured in all states : Ranjanth Singh

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked all Chief Ministers to act against those who harass Kashmiris living in their states, amid at least two recent incidents of harassment of youth from the troubled valley in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Dubbing the incidents as "unfortunate" the Home Minister said he had come to know that Kashmiris were subjected to "misbehaviour" in some places.

Anxious over the non-stop pro-freedom protests in the Kashmir Valley, New Delhi is now planning to "squeeze out" alleged funding of pro-freedom organisations from Middle East countries, India Today reported on Friday. "No one can rubbish this truth that many people from Kashmir are contributing to India's safety and prosperity".

There are almost 500 Kashmiri students and 300 from Jammu at Mewar University.

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"I have asked the home secretary to immediately issue an advisory to all the states to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiri students", Singh said.

"Action should be taken by the states against those who target them (Kashmiris)", he said. They are like any other Indian.

On Wednesday, six Kashmiri students at the Mewar University of Chittorgarh were allegedly thrashed by a group of local people stated the police added that the trigger was not known. "I appeal to all youngsters to treat them as their brothers, they are Indian citizens and members of our family". They hurled abuses, called us terrorists and said we throw stones at the army.

Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena is a fringe right-wing outfit that put up billboards in Meerut asking Kashmiris to leave the state.

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