PM calls to protect Kashmiri students all over India

kashmiriPrime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to state governments on Sunday to watch over students from Jammu and Kashmir studying outside their state in the backdrop of violence against them.

His appeal came after Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti flagged at a Niti Aayog governing council meeting the issue of safety of Kashmiri students at colleges and institutes in different states.

Modi “seconded her suggestion that states should take interest in Kashmiri students and urged the state governments to reach out to them from time to time,” a government statement said.

Chief minister Mufti, whose Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shares power in the state with the BJP, is likely to meet the Prime Minister on Monday to discuss the situation after violence escalated again during the bypoll to the Srinagar parliamentary seat on April 9.

Kashmir Valley plunged into violence as mobs of youngsters targeted security forces with stones and petrol bombs, wounding hundreds of soldiers. Many protesters have been killed too in growing clashes between soldiers and “stone-pelters”.

Incidents of soldiers being targeted by stone-throwers have upset people outside the strife-torn border state.

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