SC issues notice to Centre, 11 states seeking response on protection to Kashmiri students

NEW DELHI, Feb 22: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Central government and 11 states, seeking a response on plea over intervention to prevent alleged attacks on Kashmiri students in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.

The top court further directed the chief secretary, DGP of 11 states, Delhi Police chief to take immediate action in cases of assault on Kashmiris and other minorities.

The SC bench, comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices LN Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, on Thursday took note of senior advocate Colin Gonsalves’ submission that the plea needed to be heard urgently as it relates to the safety and security of students.

Gonsalves has filed the plea on behalf of petitioner Tariq Adeeb.

The plea alleged that students from Kashmir Valley are being attacked at different educational institutions across the country after the Pulwama terror attack and authorities concerned should be directed to take actions to stop such assaults.

The petitioner has referred to dozens of media reports of the attack on Kashmiri students across the country in the aftermath of the attack on a CRPF convoy by an explosive-laden SUV on February 14.

He also said the students from the Valley were living in other states in constant fear and threat post the Jammu and Kashmir attack.

Adeeb also referred to the statement of Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy exhorting the boycott of Kashmiris and their goods.

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, in a terror attack allegedly carried out by  outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. (Agencies)

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