Ensure safety of Kashmiri youths: Rajnath to states

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Though we welcome the European Union statement but at the same time it is re-emphasised that human rights situation in held Valley will remain alarming as long as genuine steps are not taken to address this longstanding dispute by engaging all the stakeholders i.e. Kashmiri people, Pakistan and India.

Though majority of participants was drawn from the educational institutions in the camps of Kashmiri refugees but some state-run schools had also sent their students to take part in the demonstration.

While a group of Kashmiri students were beaten up in Rajasthan's Mewar University after being called "stone-pelters" who are harming the Indian Army personnel, even BJP ministers, or a member of the Armed Forces Tribunal, are not exempt from echoing the reprehensible sentiment.

Singh's statement came in the wake of reports that Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were receiving threats.

In a tweet, Mr Singh said: "The Kashmiri youth also contribute in the progress of India".

The Home Secretary has been advised to issue an advisory in this regard, Singh said.

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He further said, "The incident is extremely unfortunate and I condemn it".

"Last evening I got to know that some Kashmiri youth have been mistreated".

"I appeal to all youngsters to treat them as their brothers, they are Indian citizens and members of our family", Rajnath added.

"Kashmiri students are our children".

Partapur Station House Officer Dinesh Sharma said the banners have been taken down and an FIR has been registered against accused persons for "promoting or attempting to promote disharmony on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community". In another similar incident, nine students from Jammu and Kashmir and a warden of Mewar University were arrested in April 2016 following clashes over India's defeat in T20.

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