Pulwama attack: Ensure security of students, residents belonging to J&K, MHA tells stateshttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/pulwama-attack-jammu-kashmir-terrorism-safety-security-mha-5587191/

Pulwama attack: Ensure security of students, residents belonging to J&K, MHA tells states

The advisory came 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 in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.

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Candlelight vigil for the Martyrs of Jammu and Kashmir. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, the Union Home Ministry Saturday issued an advisory to States and Union territories to ensure safety and security of students and people from Jammu and Kashmir residing in their area after reports of threats to them in some parts of the country.

The advisory came hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured an all-party meeting of doing the needful for the protection of the Kashmiri students and people.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah held a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh today to discuss and urge him to return peace to Jammu region. He put in a request with Singh to ensure the safety of Jammu and Kashmir residents in various parts of the country after reports of them receiving recurring threats.

PDP Chief and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti also cautioned that mischevious elements must not be allowed to use the terror attack as “an excuse to persecute or harass people” from the state, saying the pain of the killings of CRPF personnel must not fuel “such diabolical plans”.

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Curfew has been imposed in different parts of J&K for the second day since the attacks. The curfew was pressed after 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama when an IED-laden vehicle crashed into the bus they were travelling in. Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nearly 60 vehicles were either torched or damaged in Jammu city today, injuring nearly 40 people as unruly elements from two communities pelted stones at each other. As the situation remains tense in the area, the MHA has directed to shore up the security across the state.

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Meanwhile, amidst allegations of harassment against Kashmiri students, Dehradun police also assured its Kashmir counterpart of taking necessary steps to ensure their safety and security, an official told news agency PTI. There were reports about Kashmiri students facing the heat from their landlords to vacate their accommodations, following the Pulwama attack.

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“This refers to the circulation of news regarding the harassment of Kashmir-based students in Dehradun. In this regard it is informed that the authorities from Jammu and Kashmir Police have spoken to the authorities concerned in Dehradun Police,” a police spokesperson was quoted as saying to the news agency. The Jammu Kashmir police are in constant touch with their counterparts to ensure no untoward incident occurs.

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