DON’T POLITICIZE SUCH INCIDENTS: OMAR

‘HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS’

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

Jammu, Apr 3: Lashing out at those giving political color to every incident involving Kashmiris, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said it creates a negative impact on the mindset of the people.
“There are people here who want to give political color to everything. In Hyderabad a boy (Muddasir Kamran) commits suicide on personal reasons and in Kashmir it is tried to be analyzed in a different way as if he was murdered,” Omar said at a function in Jammu University. Kamran, a Kashmiri student, was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room in Hyderabad last month.
Pointing to another incident in Bangalore, in which some boys from Kashmir were beaten up, Omar said, “Recently in Bangalore, the fight took place because they (Kashmiri boys) were making fun of children from Bihar. If they would not have been doing that, probably the incident would not have taken place.”
“Some of our people here tried to give it a different color – these children were from Kashmir, they were racially profiled and wherever they go they are beaten. To say that these children were from Kashmir and that is why they were beaten is totally wrong,” Omar said.
The Chief Minister said such statements were having a negative impact on the mindset of people who think of moving out of the state for various purposes. “The result is that our people who think of moving out of the state, they start thinking again on their decision. We will have to take some preventive steps in this regard. Every incident cannot be given political color,” Omar said.
He, however, reiterated that people from other states should not see Kashmiris through the prism of terrorism. “In every Internal Security conference, I request my counterparts from other states that please don't see every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir through the prism of terrorism." he said.
"Every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir is not a terrorist. He does not come (to your state) with the intention of attack. If they come, they come under compulsion or for their benefit," he said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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