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Rajnath tells chief ministers to ensure security of Kashmiris in their states

New Delhi, April 21 (PTI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked all states to ensure the security of Kashmiri youths staying away from home, after reports that some were assaulted in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

”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,” Singh said.

”I appeal to everyone to consider the Kashmiri youths as their own brethren and treat them well,” he told reporters here.

The home minister said an advisory is being sent by his ministry to all the states for the safety and security of Kashmiris living there.

Singh's statement came in the wake of reports that Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were receiving threats.

Condemning the incidents, the Home Minister said proper inquiry should be initiated in each case and strongest possible action should be taken against the guilty.

Singh said that Kashmiris are like any other Indian.

”The contributions of the people of Kashmir in nation building are immense. They are like any other Indian. I appeal to everyone to consider the Kashmiri youths as their own brethren and treat them well. They are part of the family,” he said.

Reports from Rajasthan said tension prevailed in Chittorgarh on Wednesday when a group of locals clashed with a few Kashmiri students of Mewar University after they were allegedly called “stone pelters” and taunted over a video showing jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force being heckled in the Kashmir Valley.

Hoardings asking Kashmiri students to leave Uttar Pradesh have appeared in Meerut.


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