Don't Harass For Being A Kashmiri: Omar Appeals To All CMs

31 May 2009

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today appealed to Chief Ministers of all states to take adequate steps to ensure that Kashmiri traders and students are not harassed on mere suspicion. 'I will soon be writing to all Chief Ministers that mere suspicion cannot be a base for harassing youths and traders,' Omar told PTI. He was replying to a question relating to incidents where some youths were rounded up by police in the national capital and in a southern state without any proof. The Chief Minister said that he had directed the Police department to set up a liaison cell which will coordinate with all the states. 'But the onus lies with the state police and intelligence agencies. They need to inform the liaison cell immediately and all I can ensure is that they will get a prompt reply,'he said. The Chief Minister said that some of the traders had met him and apprised him about the difficulties being faced in running their businesses in other parts of the country. ' This issue will be taken up with the Union Home Ministry so that such a step-motherly treatment is stopped at once.