Ensure safety of Kashmiris: MHA to states

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Srinagar

The Home Ministry on Saturday told all the states and Union Territories to ensure the safety of people from Jammu and Kashmir after it received reports of harassment and threats against them, NDTV reported.

“There have been some reports of students and other residents of Jammu and Kashmir experiencing threats and intimidation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama,” NDTV quoted a Home Ministry official as having said.

“Therefore, the MHA today issued an advisory to all states and UTs to take necessary measures to ensure their safety and security,” NDTV quoted Home Ministry official as having said.

Reports said that in Dehradun and Haryana Kashmiri students staying as tenants at local homes alleged they were asked to vacate by the homeowners.

“This refers to the circulation of news regarding the harassment of Kashmir-based students in Dehradun. In this regard it is informed that the authorities from Jammu and Kashmir Police have spoken to the authorities concerned in Dehradun Police,” a police spokesperson said in Dehradun, adding they are in touch with student representatives from Jammu and Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police said anyone from the state who is living outside and needs assistance can contact them. People on social media also posted several helpline numbers.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also requested the centre to ensure security for people from the state who are living across the country. “My earnest appeal to Rajnath Singh ji to please issue directions to all state governments to take special care in areas/colleges/institutions where Kashmiris are residing/studying. They are soft targets in a surcharged atmosphere,” Omar tweeted on Friday.

Another former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, asked the Home Minister to take steps to prevent intimidation and harassment of students from Jammu and Kashmir.

On Thursday 49 CRPF men were killed when their convoy was hit by a car bomb on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Lethpora area of Pulwama, NDTV reported.

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