At a time Kashmir witnesses fresh round of protests, several hoardings asking Kashmiris to leave the state have come up in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut and on the Delhi-Dehradun highway. The hoardings have been put up by a lesster-known saffron outfit Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena.
“Condemn the Kashmiris who pelt stones at the Indian Army soldiers. ...All Kashmiris leave Uttar Pradesh, if not...,” the hoardings read.
According to reports, chief of the organisation Amit Jani has set up at least 48 such hoardings across the city near colleges where Kashmiri students are enrolled in large numbers. He also said his organisation’s members will ask people of UP to boycott Kashmiris by denying them food, water and rented accommodations.
“Almost every day, Kashmiris pelt stones at Indian soldiers. I have talked with many students in colleges of Meerut and have got to know that most of the Kashmiri students don't even sing the national song and the national anthem. Kashmiris cannot live normally in Uttar Pradesh when their relatives and friends back in their state are pelting stones on our Army at the border,” Jani was quoted by the Times of India.
The district officials have however removed the hoardings while the police said they have “filed a case under relevant sections.”
Jani was arrested last year for threatening to kill JNU students Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya Kumar.
In another incident, six Kashmiri students studying at Mewar University in Rajasthan's Chhittorgarh district were allegedly thrashed by a group of unidentified locals, calling them as stone-pelers.