Wed, 17 January 2018. 10:13

On Friday, the Home Minister Rajnath Singh issued a statement that all the chief ministers of states in India must take strict action against those who harass Kashmiris. This order came after two young men from Kashmir were assaulted in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

A group of Kashmiris on Wednesday were called ‘terrorists’ and ‘stone pelters’ and were assaulted at the Mewar University by the locals. The locals were angry because of the repeated stone pelting incidents in Kashmir over the last few months.

Another instance in Uttar Pradesh was when a huge hoarding in Meerut was installed that asked ‘Stone Pelting Kashmiris’ to leave UP. They were also warned about dire consequences if they did not leave immediately. These banners were put up by Nav Nirman Sena, a budding political party in UP. The party said, “Bhartiya Sena par pathar maarne wale Kashmiryon ka bahishkar.” (Boycott the Kashmiris who pelt stones on the Indian Army.)

Rajnath Singh condemned these incidents and said, “I appeal to all the chief ministers to ensure the security of Kashmiris in their states. They are equal citizens of India and part of our family. No Kashmiri should be harassed. If such incidents happen, action should be taken. The contributions of the people of Kashmir in the (sic) nation building are immense.”

He also said that it is now the state government’s responsibility to protect the innocent Kashmiris who are living in their respective states.

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