Ensure safety of Kashmiri youths: Rajnath to states

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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 everyone to consider the Kashmiri youths as their own brethren and treat them well", he told reporters here. According to the students, the locals said "they should be beaten up because Kashmiris throw stones at CRPF men".

GN Malik, state secretary CPI (M) has said, "Kashmiri's are already feeling alienated and such acts will only serve to further alienate people of Kashmir".

"Action should be taken by the states against those who target them (Kashmiris)", he said.

Mr, Singh stated, I appeal to the Chief Minister of all states to ensure that such incidents don't happen, they are equal citizens of India, they have also greatly contributed to national security.

"I appeal to everyone to ensure the safety of Kashmiri students living in other parts of the country". The police said a group of residents approached the students and asked them their names and where they were from. "Kashmiris leave UP or." read a hoarding.

On Wednesday, six Kashmiri students at the Mewar University of Chittorgarh were allegedly thrashed by a group of local people stated the police added that the trigger was not known.

Singh's directive to the state and setting up the helpline came after violence in Rajasthan's Chittogarh on Kashmiri youth by locals and emergence of posters in Meerut asking students from the state to leave Uttar Pradesh.

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