Faced with public condemnation after supporters of Hindutva forces in Uttar Pradesh put up posters warning Kashmiris to leave the state, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked all states to ensure safety of people from Kashmir.
Condemning the alleged incidents of harassment of Kashmiris in Rajasthan, the Home Minister said they are like any other Indian and an advisory is being sent by the Home Ministry to all states to ensure the safety and security of people from the Valley.
“I have come to know that there were a few incidents of misbehaviour towards Kashmiris in some places. I appeal to all Chief Ministers to ensure security of Kashmiris,” he told reporters here.
Singh’s statement came in the wake of reports alleging that Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were being threatened after the latest incidents of stonepelting and assualt on security personnel by Kashmiri youths in the Valley.
Banners calling for boycott of Kashmiris and asking people from the Valley to leave Uttar Pradesh had come up in the district in the wake of incidents of stonepelting on security forces in Kashmir.
The banners were put up by a little-known outfit, Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena. Its chief Amit Jani said that they have put up these banners and hoardings along the Partapur bypass outside the colleges where Kashmiri students study.
Police said that action will be taken against those putting up such hoardings. The cops had registered a case after a journalist, Anurag Tripathi, contacted them on Twitter informing them about the poster.
But the outfit said it was only the first step and it will launch a “halla bol” campaign from April 30 to “banish” the Kashmiris who do not leave the state on their own.
A video clip of some youths assaulting soldiers on their way to poll duty in Kralpora area in central Kashmir’s Budgam district had gone viral on social media recently, drawing nationwide outrage.
(With PTI inputs)