PM asks states to protect ‘our Kashmiri brothers’

Two days after two Kashmiri dry fruit sellers were attacked by members of a fringe Hindu right wing outfit in Lucknow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to state governments to take strict action if any such attack took place “against our Kashmiri brothers”.

Describing the four arrested for the attack as “sirphirey log (mad people)” while addressing a rally here, the Prime Minister pleaded for maintaining an atmosphere of unity in the country.

Praising UP CM Yogi Adityanath for the arrest of the accused within a day of the attack, Modi asked other state governments to take a cue from him in promptly dealing with such incidents. “ Lucknow mein kuch sirphire logon ne hamare Kashmiri bhaiyon ke sath jo harkatein ki thi uss par Yogi ji ki sarkar ne turant karwayi ki, main unhe mubarakbad deta hoon (Some crazy people misbehaved with our Kashmiri brothers in Lucknow, and the Yogi government acted swiftly, I congratulate him).”

This is the second time in a fortnight that the PM has voiced concern at harassment of Kashmiris living outside their state after the Pulwama terror attack. At a rally in Rajsthan’s Tonk last month, he had said that “our fight is against terror, not against Kashmir or Kashmiris”.

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