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SRINAGAR: Actress Soni Razdan has spoken in support of Kashmiri students who have been victims of abuse and assault after the 14 February Pulwama attack. Razdan, has called out people who are threatening Kashmiri students across the country after the suicide attack.

Soni Razdan wrote on twitter, "I just want to say to all those Kashmiri students and those who have suffered because of mobs ... it’s not you. It’s them. They’re the ones who are the terrorists not you. And everyone understands this except for those pathetic apologies for human beings..those paid to do this".

In the deadliest attack in decades on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, a suicide bomber rammed an SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives into a bus ferrying CRPF troopers on 14 February.

On 17 February, Soni Razdan shared a tweet and urged people to ensure safety of Kashmiri students. “My dear India … we are hurt we are shocked & we r grieving. Let us do that with dignity and not hate and madness against those that are not perpetrators of insanity and violence. Please refrain from becoming what we despise. Let’s lead by example. Keep Kashmiri students safe,” she wrote.

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SRINAGAR: Over 40 people were arrested by the West Bengal Police in connection with 22 incidents of attacks on Kashmiri students in the state. “Some outsiders are indulging in attacks on Kashmiris. We will take strong action against them. So far 22 such incidents have taken place across the state in which 40 people have been arrested,” said Siddhnath Gupta, ADG, Law and Order.

“We are seriously looking into the matter. We have been able to locate certain people. We will take stern action against them,” said Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma. The arrests come after the Supreme Court directive to the Chief Secretaries and Police Commissioners of all states and Union Territories to take “prompt action” in order to prevent incidents of “assault, threat, social boycott and such other egregious acts” against Kashmiris, especially students, and other minorities in the wake of the Pulwama attack on February 14.

On Friday, the SC bench had issued notices to the Centre and 10 states namely Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Punjab and Maharashtra, and sought their reply over reported incidents of threat and violence against Kashmiris in the last one week in these states.

 “The chief secretaries, directors general of police of all the states and Union Territories including the commissioner of police, Delhi, are directed to take prompt and necessary action to prevent incidents of assault, threat, social boycott and such other egregious acts against the Kashmiris, including students enrolled with the institutions in the respondent states and union territories, and other minorities in the wake of the attack dated 14.2.2019,” said a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has assured that the Union Government has been taking adequate steps to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiri students residing outside the state, and any grievances relating to incidents of threat or assault can be reported on a specific number.

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SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmir, Kashmiri. PM Modi said “Our fight is for Kashmir, it is not against Kashmir, not against Kashmiris. We have given the forces a free hand to hit back. Our fight is against militancy. We won’t keep quiet, we know how to crush militancy,” said PM Narendra Modi.

“No peace can prevail in the world till the time the factory of terror is running. If it is in my fate to end this factory of terror, so be it. This is above party politics. After the Pulwama attack, you must have seen how we are avenging. Because of our new policies, Pakistan is going through a hard time. This is a new India, we will not tolerate the pain and stay quite,” PM Modi said.

He added that “militants are just militants. Kashmiri is also suffering from the pain due to these terrorists. They also want freedom from them. But earlier governments sowed such seeds that the dreams of Kashmiris were not fulfilled but the government will now fulfill their dreams”. “I had told the sarpanchs in the Kashmir Valley, to please make sure that no schools are burnt in the acts of terrorism in Kashmir and they promised me they would not let any schools be burnt, even if that comes at the cost of sacrificing their lives.

Now, I am proud to say that no school in the Kashmir Valley has been destroyed in the past two years,” said PM Modi. PM Modi further added that “It upsets me that some people living in the country speak the language of Pakistan. These are the people who went to Pakistan and said “do anything, but remove Modi from power,” these are the people who could not answer the public after Mumbai attacks.”

Meanwhile, Omar Abdullah react PM Modi statement said: "Thank you @narendramodi Sahib. Aaj aap ne hamaray dil ki baat keh di. It’s been a more than a week since the terrible attack in Pulwama & more than a week that Kashmiris have been bearing the brunt of the public anger. Perhaps finally after PM  @narendramodi Sb has spoken these forces targeting Kashmiris will stop in their tracks."

Raising concerns over incidents of assault and harassment against residents of Jammu and Kashmir, especially students, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed state governments and Union Territories to ensure safety and security of these individuals in the wake of the Pulwama attack. In a letter written to Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Territories by MHA’s Department of Jammu and Kashmir Affairs, Director Beena Yadav said, “The Government is concerned at the reports of incidents of assaults and harassment against residents of Jammu and Kashmir, especially students in some parts of the country, in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack of 14th February 2019. In this regard, an Advisory dated February, 16 was issued to all State Governments and Union Territory Administration to take necessary steps to ensure safety and security of the persons belonging to Jammu and Kashmir.”

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