April 2017 News

Ensure Safety Of J&K Students: Rajnath To CMs

21 April 2017
Times of India

New Delhi: Union home minister Rajnath Singh appealed to chief ministers on Friday to ensure security of Kashmiri students after incidents of attacks on them on campuses were reported following a video showing a paramilitary jawan being heckled and abused by a group of 'stone-pelters' in Jammu and Kashmir. Singh condemned cases of harassment of Kashmiri youths studying in educational institutions outside J&K and appealed to the public to treat them well. His appeal came on a day when Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje also condemned such an instance at a university in Mewar, Chittorgarh. Hours after Singh's appeal, Vasundhara Raje tweeted, 'Kashmiri students are our children. The Police have taken prompt action and apprehended the culprits'. A group of locals in Chittorgarh clashed with a few Kashmiri students of Mewar University, calling them 'stone pelters' and taunted them over the video. Also, hoardings appeared in Meerut asking Kashmiri students to leave Uttar Pradesh or face a boycott. The hoardings were later removed and a case has been filed by the local police against their sponsor. 'I have come to know that there were a few incidents of misbehaviour towards Kashmiris in some places. I appeal to all the chief ministers to ensure security of Kashmiris in their states. I appeal to everyone to consider Kashmiri youths as their own brethren and treat them well,' Rajnath said. 'They are part of the family,' he stated. Singh's appeal was followed by a home ministry advisory to all states and Union territories, requesting state administrations and police to take strict action to ensure safety of students from J&K. 'Action as per law needs to be taken against miscreants and safety of students from other states, including J&K, needs to be fully ensured,' said the advisory. The home ministry further sensitised the nodal officers appointed for addressing grievances and complaints of J&K youths studying outside the state. You might also like The home ministry has designated a nodal officer in the ministry, with whom the nodal officers of the states are required to be in touch and send reports on incidents of harassment of Kashmiris, along with action taken. A source said as many as 1,000 distress calls from Kashmiri students across the country have been received so far on the J&K students helpline. Latest Comment Jammu and Kashmir students should also behave in a decent manner. They must ask Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir to be secular, modern, tolerant, liberal, hate - free, peace loving and non - violent peop... Read MoreYogesh Sharma Rajasthan Police arrested two unidentified accused name in the FIR on Friday based on circumstantial evidence. 'Both the accused - Lalit Sohan Lal and Manish Chittu - are in their early twenties and were arrested under Sections 151 and 107 of CrPC for threatening peace,' police said. Police, however, termed the Mewar incident a clash between two groups over a petty issue. Classes resumed on the campus on Friday with police deployed outside the premises as a precautionary measure.