Ensure safety of Kashmiri youths: Rajnath to states

Kashmiri farmers walk through a mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar

In Chittogarh, a group of locals targeted a few Kashmiri students of Mewar universtiy calling them stone-pelters and taunted them over a video of a CRPF personnel being attacked in Kashmir.

Stating that Kashmiris were a part of the family, he appealed to everyone to ensure the safety of Kashmiri students living in other parts of the country.

Dubbing the incidents as "unfortunate" the Home Minister said he had come to know that Kashmiris were subjected to "misbehaviour" in some places.

The Home Minister said he had heard that "in one or two parts of India, people misbehaved with Kashmiri youth".

"In the coming months, security forces are likely to step up action against people working covertly for separatists", the reports added. The police said a group of residents approached the students and asked them their names and where they were from.

Rajnath said he has asked the home ministry officials to circulate an advisory in this regard. "I appeal to everyone to consider the Kashmiri youths as their own brethren and treat them well". Sixteen Kashmiri students and a warden, also from Kashmir, were suspended by the university after the incident. Upon learning that the students were from Kashmir, they started beating them up.

Singh's appeal came against the backdrop of recent attacks on Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and surfacing of threat banners in Uttar Pradesh asking Kashmiris to leave. (Boycott Kashmiris who pelt stones at the Indian Army).

The police have registered an FIR against Amit Jani, chief of Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena, a little-known group that had put up the hoardings.

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