Kashmiri students on Saturday said they were forced to vacate from their rented accommodations in Dehradun following tension over Pulwama attack.
The students told Greater Kashmir that the situation was tense in Dehradun and that they were forced to vacate their lodgings by the landlords.
“Where we will go at this time? We can’t afford air tickets as the fare is very high,” the students in an e-mail to Greater Kashmir.
They said they will have to spend days and nights on the roads as they don’t have other place where they can take shelter.
The students also said that Bajrang Dal and VHP activists had earlier given them an ultimatum of 24 hours to leave Dehradun.
“Earlier some students were beaten in their hostel rooms and rented accommodation as well. We are not feeling safe here at all. We appeal our state police to come forward for our rescue,” the students said.
When contacted, SHO Premnagar Dehradun, Dilawar Singh Negi said no landlord will be allowed to force the Kashmiri students out of their accommodation.
“If any landlord forces the students they should call me on my number 09411112188. I promise you that no students will be forced to leave from their rented accommodation,” Negi said.
Amid forced vacation by their landlords, some students have established helplines for Kashmiri students who were beaten in Dehradun and forced to vacate their accommodations.
“We have set up a location in Chandigarh to give shelter to those students who were beaten up and harassed by Bajrang Dal and VHP activists and were shunted out by their landlord and refused to help by the college authorities. Feel Free to CONTACT Me and my Brother Khawaja Itrat on 9149676014 9915378749,” a student posted on Facebook.
Jammu and Kashmir Police also said they have spoken to their counterparts in Dehradun following reports of harassment of Kashmiri students there.
“This refers to the circulation of news regarding the harassment of Kashmir based students in Dehradun. In this regard it is informed that the authorities from Jammu and Kashmir Police have spoken to the concerned authorities in Dehradun Police,” said a spokesman, in a statement.
He said the authorities in Dehradun Police have assured that they are in touch with the representative of Kashmir-based boys and that all necessary arrangements for the safety and security of students in Dehradun have been put in place.
“Officers from Jammu and Kashmir Police are in constant touch with the authorities in Dehradun police,” he said.