Kashmiris being harassed over Pulwama terror attack leading Shutdown in Kashmir: Days after a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy that killed at least 40 soldiers, a shutdown was witnessed in Srinagar and neighbouring areas as a mark of protest in contradiction of recounted attacks or aiming of Kashmiris outside the state.
- A few Kashmiri youth studying in various parts of India, earlier in the day, alleged that they were harassed in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack
- To this end, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and sought his intervention
- A shutdown was observed in Lal Chowk city centre and adjoining areas in Srinagar on Saturday as a mark of protest against attacks on Kashmiris
Merchants and sellers termed for a complete Valley-wide bandh on Sunday in contradiction of crowd attacks on Kashmiris in Jammu and further states. Transporters have reinforced the bandh call. Specialists have carried out limitations in parts of old city and compact high speed mobile internet services.
On Sunday, the curfew in Jammu sustained for a third successive day with the authorities saying that it will continue in force until the law and order state of affairs advances in the city. Authorities are going to take a call later whether the curfew can be calm or not.
On Thursday, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group suicide bomber knock against an explosives loaded vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district, killing 40 CRPF personnel and leaving more than 20 critically injured.
Kashmiris in several parts of the nation were recounted to have been distraught or frightened in reprisal in contradiction of the terror attack, instigating the Union home ministry to issue a consultation all states to safeguard protection and security of the students and people from Jammu and Kashmir living in their areas.
The CRPF, which grieved its most awful loss in a single day in the Valley, and has avowed to take vengeance the death of its troopers, remained true to its proficiency as it took Twitter to proclaim the launch of a 24-hour helpline for Kashmiri students and general public who are out of the Valley.
A help service is provided to all the Kashmiris who are living outside the Kashmir and as per the official tweet from CRPFmadadgaar stated, “#Kashmiri students and general public, presently out of #kashmir can contact @CRPFmadadgaar on 24×7 toll free number 14411 or SMS us at 7082814411 for speedy assistance in case they face any difficulties/harrasment. @crpfindia @HMOIndia @JKZONECRPF @jammusector @crpf_srinagar”
On Saturday, a Kashmiri student in Dehradun was arrested for apparently posting insulting and provoking comments in contradiction of the armed forces personnel while on other hand an additional Kashmiri student on Friday was suspended by a city-based medical college for unsuitable comments. Related news came in from Aligarh Muslim University too.
Kashmiris have been asked to evacuate their places in many parts of the country. The colleges or institutions where they study have been asked to remove them. In Dehradun, a crowd tried to occupy a Kashmiri girl students’ hostel.
Also, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have setup a helpline for the help of students and other Kashmiris living outdoor to the Valley.
On Saturday, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti warned that ill-behaved elements must not be permitted to use the Pulwama terror attack as “an excuse to persecute or harass people” from the state.
Omar Abdullah, who is the National Conference leader, said he had requested the home minister Rajnath Singh to assign a nodal officer in the home ministry to safeguard the instruction distributed to states is followed in letter & spirit.