Kashmiri students called 'stone pelters', attacked in Rajasthan

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"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.

One of these Kashmiri students, however, told TOI on the condition of anonymity that they were beaten up by locals after being held responsible for heckling of the CRPF official.

There are almost 500 Kashmiri students and 300 from Jammu at Mewar University. The group soon started beating them stated police officer Dinesh Kumar. "The entire episode has wasted our day, at a time when we're busy studying", the Kashmiri student was quoted as saying by TOI.

In Uttar Pradesh, banners calling for boycott of Kashmiris and asking them to leave have come up in Meerut district along the Delhi-Dehradun highway.

Amid incidents of harassment of Kashmiri youths in different parts of the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked states to ensure their safety and set up a helpline here to deal with such issues.

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

"I appeal to the chief ministers 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", Singh said.

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