SC asks states to prevent social boycott of Kashmiris after Pulwama attack

SC asks states to prevent social boycott of Kashmiris after Pulwama attack

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked 10 states to protect  the Kashmiris (residents of Jammu and Kashmir) from the social boycott or attacks which have been reported following the Pulwama terrorist attack, that left over 40 paramilitary personnel martyred, media reports said.

The 10 states are Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Punjab and Maharashtra.

The top court was hearing a plea seeking protection of the Kashmiris.

“The chief secretaries, the DGPs and the Delhi Police Commissioner are directed to take prompt and necessary action to prevent incidents of threat, assault, social boycott etc against Kashmiris and other minorities,” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi-led bench was quoted as saying by NDTV.

In the middle of the alleged attacks, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, a former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) man, had proposed to avoid Kashmir and Kashmiris.

Roy had tweeted, “An appeal from a retired colonel of the Indian Army: Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don’t buy articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come every winter. Boycott everything Kashmiri. I am inclined to agree”

–IBNS

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