Pulwama fallout: Pakistanis in Bikaner, Kashmiri Muslims elsewhere in India asked to leave on short notice

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah Monday took up the security-related issues of the students and others from Kashmir with chief ministers of Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttrakhand

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Bikaner/Dehradun/Chandigarh: Pakistani citizens in Rajasthan’s Bikaner have been asked to leave within 48 hours, district officials said, citing law and order situation in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.

Bikaner Collector Kumar Pal Gautam issued the order on Monday directing the Pakistani citizens to leave the district as it may create law and order problem in the wake of the attack by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

The collector, who issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), also asked the hotel owners and those running business establishments to not let Pakistani people stay in their properties.

The order is effective for two months and also bans the use of Pakistani SIM cards in the district.

Jaipur, too

In Jaipur, four female paramedical students of Kashmiri-origin were slapped with sedition charges after being suspended from a private institute for allegedly celebrating the terror attack by posting “anti-national” messages on an instant messaging app, police officials had Sunday. They were students of the National Institute of Medical Science NIMS.

Uttarakhand colleges

While several Kashmiri students from different cities have been slapped with sedition charges for allegedly supporting the Pulwama terror attack, two colleges in Dehradun have decided not to admit those from the Valley, with students here saying they were in a State of fear after the incident.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration Monday asked students outside the State to not pay heed to any rumours and try to stay put at their respective places. Its liaison officers across the country have been asked to look into problems being faced by students from the State.

Dehradun-based Alpine College of Management and Technology and the Baba Farid Institute of Technology has decided not to admit any Kashmiri students from the upcoming academic session.

Top officials of the two colleges have confirmed the development in separate letters shared with students’ unions, who have been demanding the expulsion of all Kashmiri students following the attack.

In the Uttarakhand capital, some Kashmiri youths had also alleged that they were harassed and asked by their landlords to vacate accommodations fearing attacks on their properties in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident.

On Friday, a student in Dehradun was also booked for allegedly sending WhatsApp messages supporting the Pulwama suicide attack.

Haryana

Haryana’s Swami Devi Dyal College has suspended a Kashmiri student after he allegedly posted a status on Whatsapp saying “Jaish the best…more to come”.

The student was suspended with immediate effect but no police complaint could be initiated against him as he is in Kashmir since January and has not been attending college, according to the institute’s management.

Karnataka

In Bengaluru, one Kashmiri student was Saturday arrested for allegedly hailing the Jaish terrorist involved in the attack and three from Spurthy Group of Institutions on Sunday held on charges of sedition after they posted some messages on Facebook hailing Pakistan in respect to the Pulwama incident.

Delhi

Several Kashmiri students in Delhi said they were in a State of fear after reports of alleged harassment of Kashmiris following the terror attack, even as police asserted that security had been enhanced in the national capital and they would ensure the safety of all citizens.

Kashmiri reaction

A Kashmiri student from Jamia Millia Islamia, who did not wish to be identified, said, “Just the fact that one is a Kashmiri, irrespective of his ideology or leanings, is enough to put one’s life to risk. It is happening across the country. Kashmiri students are being harassed and hounded, be it Dehradun, Ambala or Bangalore. We really fear for our security here too.”

JNU’s controversial activist Shehla Rashid, who hails from Kashmir, said, “Throughout India, mobs are attacking Kashmiri students, verbally abusing them, asking for them to be expelled and filing false cases against them. The pretext being given in each case is that they said Pakistan Zindabad and even police are buying into these false claims.”

Anis Ahmed, a Kashmiri student at Delhi University, said, “We are not at all reacting on social media to any abuses which are being hurled at us even if we are being labelled as terrorists. Students who are staying on rented accommodations rather than hostels are even more scared about their safety”.

Home Ministry

The Home Ministry on Saturday issued an advisory to all States and Union Territories to take measures to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiris.

The ministry’s advisory had come hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured an all-party meeting of doing the needful for the protection of the Kashmiri students and people who were allegedly threatened after the terrorist attack.

Farooq Abdullah concerned

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah Monday took up the security-related issues of the students and others from Kashmir with chief ministers of Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttrakhand, urging them to ensure their safety and well-being.

“Abdullah spoke on phone with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and urged them to take appropriate measures for instilling a sense of security among the students and other Kashmiri people,” a spokesman of the NC said here.

Expressing concern over “threats and intimidation” to the Kashmiri students in various parts of the country, Abdullah told the chief ministers that the students are in a panic and fearing for their lives.

“Security is needed to be beefed up in the areas they are staying beside anti-social elements need to be booked for their intimidating tactics,” the NC leader said.

The spokesman said the chief ministers of the three States shared the concern of Abdullah and informed him about various steps taken in this regard.

They assured him that all the necessary measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of Kashmiri students, he said.

Meanwhile, Abdullah has again reiterated his appeal to the people of Jammu for maintaining peace and brotherhood. He stressed the need for isolating elements inimical to peace.

“Foiling attempts of anti-social elements unitedly by the people belonging to various segments of the society is need of the hour,” he said.