Srinagar: Hoarding have sprung up near many colleges with sizeable number of students from the Valley in the BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh calling on Kashmiris to leave the state by end of this month.
Hoardings reading, ‘Kashmiriyon Uttar Pradesh chodo, varna…’ (Kashmiris, leave UP or else…)” have come up in Meerut and on the Delhi-Dehradun highway in the vicinity of many colleges here.
The hoardings have been erected by the Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena and media reports quoting Sena chief Amit Jani said that they have set up nearly 48 such hoardings in Meerut and on the Delhi-Dehradun highway near colleges where Kashmiri students are enrolled in large numbers.
“Almost every day, Kashmiris pelt stones at Indian soldiers. I have talked with many students in colleges of Meerut and have got to know that most of the Kashmiri students don’t even sing the national song and the national anthem. Kashmiris cannot live normally in Uttar Pradesh when their relatives and friends back in their state are pelting stones on our Army at the border,” said Jani.
He said that as part of this protest, his organisation’s members will ask people of UP to boycott Kashmiris by denying them food, water and rented accommodations.
The outfit said it is only the first step and it will launch a “Halla Bol” campaign from April 30 to “banish” the Kashmiris who do not leave the state on their own.
According to Times of India, “A case has been filed against Amit Jani under IPC 153 (b) (promoting enmity between different groups) at Paratpur police station and a police team has been formed to arrest him.”
Colleges too have expressed shock: Y Vimla, dean, students’ welfare, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, was quoted by TOI saying: “It is shocking that somebody has put up such hoardings in the city. Kashmir is very much a part of our country and many such students study here in the university. Their security is our prime concern. We will ensure that no harm comes to them.”
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