Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Rajnath tells all states to ensure safety of Kashmiris

Rajnath tells all states to ensure safety of Kashmiris

On Wednesday, a group of students from Kashmir studying at the Mewar University of Chittorgarh was attacked by locals while they were shopping at a market.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that all states should ensure safety of Kashmiri students living in the country.

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"The contributions of the people of Kashmir in the nation building are vast", the Home Minister told reporters here.

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

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The outfit had warned of a full-blown "Halla Bol" campaign from April 30 to "banish" Kashmiris who do not leave the state on their own. "They are also equal citizens of India", Rajnath said.

Rajnath said he has asked the home ministry officials to circulate an advisory in this regard.

The group of Kashmiri students were allegedly beaten up by the locals as they were upset over soldiers being targeted by stone pelters in the strife-torn border state.

According to a report in Times of India, these Kashmiri students claimed that they were taunted over the recent viral video of a CRPF jawan being heckled in Budgam. Sixteen Kashmiri students and a warden, also from Kashmir, were suspended by the university after the incident. In Meerut, hoardings have surfaced in which Kashmiri students have been asked to get out of Uttar Pradesh.

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