SC to hear plea for protection of Kashmiris from threats after Pulwana attack

Srinagar: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to protect Kashmiri students who are being attacked across the country in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack on February 14.

A bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices L N Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, on Thursday took note of senior advocate Colin Gonsalves’ submission that the plea needed to be heard urgently as it relates to the safety and security of students.

The bench, which refused to list the plea for hearing on Thursday, however, assured Gonsalves that it will be listed for consideration on Friday.

The plea said that students from Kashmir Valley are being attacked at different educational institutions across the country after the Pulwama attack and authorities concerned should be directed to take actions to stop such assaults.

49 CRPF personnel were killed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, in an attack carried out by militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Several Kashmiri students have also been slapped with sedition charges for their social media posts regarding the attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama. Students living in Delhi have said they are living in a state of fear.

Taking stock of the situation over the attack, the Union home ministry had issued an advisory asking all the states and union territories to take measures to ensure safety and security of Kashmiri students.

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