The Supreme Court today issued a notice to the Centre and 11 state governments to ensure that Kashmiri students are not harassed after the Pulwama terror attack.
The court also asked the Delhi Police and Director Generals of Police of Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand to take necessary steps to prevent assault on Kashmiris.
After a 22-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist rammed his car packed with explosives into a CRPF convoy killing 40 personnel on February 14, several incidents of attack on Kashmiris have been reported from various parts of these states.
"The Centre has already issued advisory to all states and Union Territories on 17 February but we can't tell the states about their specific actions that can be taken in such cases because law and order is a state subject," the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told the apex court on behalf of the Central government.
The Supreme Court asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to give a wide publicity to those police officers who were appointed as the nodal officers to deal with the incidents and share their contact details so that those who need help can easily reach them.
The government made an announcement that those who spread rumours or disturb peace will be punished severely. Many helpline service has been launched in certain states. The CRPF also asked the public to contact them via helpline numbers.
"We came to the Supreme Court after Kashmiri students were attacked in universities... We hope the court order will prevent any further incidents," the petitioner said.
Supreme Court issues notice to the Central government and 10 states and seeks their response on a plea seeking its intervention to prevent alleged attacks on Kashmiri students in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. pic.twitter.com/FCkbOiIKWg
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The petitioner also mentioned a controversial comment given by the Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy on twitter, who endorsed a call to boycott "everything Kashmiri".
The court hearing will be next week.