The Central Reserve Police Forces on Saturday assured local Kashmiris that they will safeguard them from any harassment in reaction to the Pulwama terror attack, carried out by a local Kashmiri. Several reports suggested that Kashmiris were facing threats following the Pulwama terror attack. To ensure the safety of the Kashmiris based out of Jammu and Kashmir, the CRPF helpline on Saturday asked them to approach it in case they face any harassment. The helpline is based in Srinagar.
The 'Madadgaar' helpline posted a tweet in this context stating that Kashmiri students and general public who are presently out of the state can contact it over the Twitter handle '@CRPFmadadgaar'.
They can call on 24x7 toll-free number 14411 or send an SMS at mobile no: 7082814411 "for speedy assistance in case they face any difficulties or harassment".
A senior official said the force will undertake immediate steps in case the helpline receives a distress call by a Kashmir-based person and will alert and depute the officials from its nearest located base to address the issue.
The CRPF is the country's largest paramilitary force with over three lakh personnel in its ranks and it has its formations and battalions in maximum states of the country, he said.
The Centre on Saturday also asked all states to ensure the safety and security of the students and people from Jammu and Kashmir living in their areas.
The advisory came hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured an all-party meeting of doing the needful for the protection of the Kashmiri students and people who were allegedly threatened after the terrorist attack in Awantipora area of Pulwama district.
An official at the security establishment said there have been some reports of students and other residents of Jammu and Kashmir experiencing threats and intimidation.
"Therefore, the Home Ministry today issued an advisory to all states/UTs to take necessary measures to ensure their safety and security," the official said.
Some Kashmiri youths studying in Uttarakhand's Dehradun alleged that they were harassed and have been asked by their landlords to vacate accommodations fearing attacks on their properties in the aftermath of the attack.
The CRPF, that is deployed for security duties in Jammu and Kashmir, had launched the 24×7 helpline Madadgaar (14411) in June 2017 to help any Valley resident who is in distress.
(With inputs from PTI)