Police on Sunday dismissed reports of Kashmiri students being attacked in Dehradun in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack and asserted that “everything is normal.”
“Rumours are being spread on social media that girls here are not safe. Everything is normal here. We are providing full protection to everyone,” Director General of Police Ashok Kumar told ANI.
The statement came after controversial student activist Shehla Rashid in a tweet claimed that students from Kashmir are being targeted in Dehradun.
This is not true …Police sorted out d issue ..There r no crowds .. Initially there was an allegation that kashmiri students raised pro pakistan slogans.
— Uttarakhand Police (@uttarakhandcops) February 16, 2019
शुधोवाला स्थित हास्टल मेॆ वर्तमान कतिपय अफवाहें फैलाई जा रही है कि हास्टल मेॆ बालिकाओ को बंद किया गया हैं। जो कि बिल्कुल निराधार है वर्तमान में हास्टल मेॆ 75 बालिकाओ रह रही है व ऐसा कुछ भी नही व स्थिति सामान्य है। pic.twitter.com/ykHvHXaeZC
— SSP Dehradun (@DehradunSsp) February 17, 2019
Ashok Kumar, ADG (Law&Order), Uttarakhand: The incident of students being trapped in a girls hostel is a rumour being spread on social media. A procession was taken up by locals in wake of the #PulwamaAttack where people were chanting 'Pakistan murdabad'. pic.twitter.com/4DGkVxn7YP
— ANI (@ANI) February 17, 2019
However, even after the police department clarified, Rashid was not willing to believe anything. The JNU student leader, who also happens to be one of the accused in 2016 JNU sedition case, instead accused the police of “gaslighting the victims.” Apart from Rashid, Fahad Shah, editor of a news portal named Kashmir Wallah was also seen peddling similar rumours about Kashmiri students being harassed in Dehradun.
Rather than gaslighting the victims, @uttarakhandcops should try explaining why repeated news of attacks on Kashmiris are coming in from Dehradun. Try setting your house in order, rather than trying to discredit the victims.
— Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) February 16, 2019
SOS: Kashmri girls trapped in hostel at Dolphin college in Dehradun, asking for help, as mob is shouting outside. A girl called saying, please save us, take us out of here. #Kashmir
— Fahad Shah (@pzfahad) February 16, 2019
As the rumours did not seem to stopping even after police clarification, the CRPF had to intervene. The CRPF also assured that no harassment is being meted out to the the Kashmiri students in Dehradun. Various local residents also confirmed the same.
ADVISORY: 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
— 🇮🇳CRPF🇮🇳 (@crpfindia) February 17, 2019
FAKE NEWS. My cousin lives literally next door on Bhauvala Road. She said there was no such mob!
Shehla, Jignesh Mevani et al spreading rumours and panic…and @sardesairajdeep etc fanning it. @uttarakhandcops please take action on these for spreading rumours and causing panic https://t.co/28qYnQyb24
— tequila sherbet (@nishthavishtha) February 16, 2019
It was only after this that the likes of Shehla Rashid and Fahad Shah realised that that they do not have an iota of proof to establish their claims, and were forced to restrain.
The girls in Dolphin Institute Dehradun are safe. @uttarakhandcops are protecting them. Rumors and insinuations that the incident had something to do with "Pakistan" are false. Would like to thank Srinagar Mayor @Junaid_Mattu for being available and ensuring safety of the girls.
— Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) February 17, 2019
On Saturday, the police had arrested a Kashmiri student for allegedly posting insensitive and communal content on social media in the wake of the terror attack.
Mohd. Jamil who hails from Poonch district of Kashmir said, “I have been studying here in Moradabad for eight years in Moradabad. We are safe here, the people are treating us well.”
“The environment is very good. We feel safe here. India is our country. We are getting the same treatment here as we used to get at home,’ said Abdul Rehman, a Kashmiri living in Moradabad.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories to take necessary measures and ensure the safety and security of people belonging to Jammu and Kashmir.