Published: Fri, February 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Why is PM Modi Silent on Kashmiris Being Targeted: Omar Abdullah

Why is PM Modi Silent on Kashmiris Being Targeted: Omar Abdullah

The petition has arraigned eight states and the Central government as respondents.

The NHRC has also issued a notice to the Delhi Police commissioner and has asked the Union ministries to submit the report on the matter within two weeks.

Hearing the public interest litigation (PIL), the apex court asked government-appointed nodal officers (usually senior police officers) to take steps to prevent acts of intimidation, threat, assault and social boycott of Kashmiris, including students, reported Bar and Bench.

Omar added the decision in no doubt has been taken without taking in to consideration inputs from central and intelligence agencies. Condemning the rising incidents of lynching cases in India, the Supreme Court had, in 2018, instructed Parliament to come up with a new law which would deal with such offences.

The former home and finance minister also took a dig at Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy's statement that he favoured a call for the boycott of Kashmiri products and visiting the state as tourists.

Khan said 300 students from Uttarakhand state alone have returned to Kashmir.

Mohammad Yasin Khan, president of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, told AFP that threats of violence were still being made. It had also sought immediate setting up of a nationwide helpline number and a website containing contact details of the nodal officers appointed in politically-sensitive districts. Several Kashmiri students were reportedly harassed and beaten up across states in the days after the attack. Immediately after the attack, mobs and vigilante groups engaged in vitriolic hate speech and began attacking, and threatening Muslims and Kashmiris throughout the country, the petition said.

He said that "alienation among Kashmiris" will only increase with the situation that has unfolded in India. The Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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