The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police have set up helplines for Kashmiri students who fear violence in the backdrop of Pulwama attacks. The ‘Madadgaar’ a Srinagar-based CRPF helpline posted a tweet in this context stating that Kashmiri students and general public who are presently out of the state can contact it over the Twitter handle.
“Kashmiri students and the general public, presently out of Kashmir can contact @CRPFmadadgaar on 24×7 toll free number 14411 or SMS us at 7082814411 for speedy assistance in case they face any difficulties/harassment.” the tweet said.
A senior official said the force will undertake immediate steps in case the helpline receives a distress call by a Kashmir-based person and will alert and depute the officials from its nearest located base to address the issue.
the verified Twitter account of the CRPF tweeted another advisory warning social media users against fake news being spread about students from Kashmir being harassed. In the tweet, the force said that they enquired about the complaints about harassment and found them incorrect.
“Fake news about harassment of students from Kashmir is being propagated by various miscreants on social media. CRPF helpline has enquired about complaints about harassment and found them incorrect. These are attempts to invoke hatred. Please DO NOT circulate such posts. “the tweets said.
ADVISORY: It has been noticed that on social media some miscreants are trying to circulate fake pictures of body parts of our Martyrs to invoke hatred while we stand united. Please DO NOT circulate/share/like such photographs or posts. Report such content at firstname.lastname@example.org
— 🇮🇳CRPF🇮🇳 (@crpfindia) February 17, 2019
Former IAS officer and the Director of School Education, Kashmir, Shah Faesal, said, “Kashmiris are not the demons they are made out to be. Kashmiris have been unequivocally condemning the loss of life in Kashmir. An ordinary Kashmiri is a victim of violence rather than a perpetrator of violence. Targeting them outside is really sad and unacceptable.”
CRPF Madadgar’, CRPF helpline gets 71 distress calls from Kashmiris after violence in Uttarakhand.
J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said he took up the matter with Uttarakhand DGP. He said Uttarakhand Police has taken steps to ensure the safety of students. “I had taken up the matter with DGP Uttrakhand. He issued directions to the field officers to take care of the security of students from Kashmir.
“State Laison officers are also at work and coordinating with other states. The issue of students studying outside was also discussed in today’s review by the honourable government,” DGP Singh said in a statement.