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Uttarakhand Minister says PDP leaders must be booked for taking Kashmiri students out of Dehradun

"The (Uttarakhand Tourism) Minister instead of seeking a case against PDP leaders should have met and consoled Kashmiri students who were feeling threatened and insecure in his state," PDP's Aijaz Ahmad Mir said.

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Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj on Wednesday said an FIR must be filed against the PDP leaders who came to Dehradun and “took” hundreds of Kashmiri students back to the Valley. This comes in the wake of protests against Kashmiris in Dehradun.

Senior PDP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mir Mohammad Fayaz, former PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir, and PDP leaders Waheed Ur Rehman Para and Parvez Wafa reached Dehradun on Monday. They arranged transport for Kashmiri students who wished to leave Dehradun for a few days. The PDP leaders left Dehradun on Wednesday.

Maharaj said, “The PDP leaders are taking Kashmiri students from here (Dehradun). This is not right because the PDP leaders are not the parents of the students. The police must take action. An FIR must be registered against them (PDP leaders).”

“The responsibility of safety and security of the Kashmiri students is on our government. The Kashmiri students are not in any danger here. They (Kashmiris) should be loyal towards the country…” Maharaj said.

PDP’s Aijaz Ahmad Mir said, “… many of them were scared and wanted to leave, so we just helped them… instead of seeking a case against PDP leaders, the minister should have met and reassured Kashmiri students.”

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