Modi slams attack on Kashmiris: States must take strictest action

At Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Friday. PTI

Two days after two Kashmiri men were assaulted in public in Lucknow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said those who targeted them were “sirphire” (crazy men) and asked state governments to take strict action against those responsible for such attacks on Kashmiris.

Addressing a rally in Kanpur, Modi said, “Day before yesterday, some crazy men were involved in an incident against our Kashmiri brothers in Lucknow and the UP government has acted quickly. I congratulate the Yogi Adityanath government for it. I request state governments to take strict action against those who try anything similar. It is very important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country.”

At a public meeting in Rajasthan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, too, said he has asked all state governments to ensure Kashmiri students are protected. At a rally in Beawar, Singh said he wants to send a message to the nation. “Kashmiri people are our own… I have sent letters to all the states and requested all Chief Ministers that Kashmiri children studying in any corner of the country should be protected and should be loved.”

In Kanpur, Modi paid his respects to CRPF constable Shyam Babu, who was killed in the Pulwama attack, and IAF Corporal Deepak Pandey, who was killed in the Budgam helicopter crash. Both were Kanpur residents.

He said, “After the Pulwama attack, the valour our brave soldiers showed, your…

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