Amid incidents of attack on Kashmiris, as many as 40 people have been arrested in West Bengal for their alleged involvement in the case, police said, adding strong action will be taken against such people.
Commenting on the situation, Siddhnath Gupta, ADG, Law and Order said, "Some outsiders are indulging in attacks on Kashmiris. We will take strong action against them. So far 22 such incidents have taken place across the state in which 40 people have been arrested."
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Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma said, "We are seriously looking into the matter. We have been able to locate certain people. We will take stern action against them."
Earlier, the Supreme Court had directed Chief Secretaries and the Directors General of Police of all States and Union Territories to take strong and necessary measures to prevent attacks on Kashmiris and other minorities in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack on February 14 which claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF jawans.
Besides the Centre, the Supreme Court had issued notices to Bihar, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Punjab, and Maharashtra.
The Apex Court bench also directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to give wide publicity to the appointment of nodal officers so that people could immediately approach them in case Kashmiris or other minorities face threat or discrimination in any part of the country.
(With agency inputs)