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SC gives strict directions to Centre and States to protect Kashmiris, minorities
jkupdate.com | 22-Feb-2019 02:36 PM
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  • The Supreme Court on Friday gave strict directions to the Centre and several States to protect Kashmiris and minority communities, especially students, from violence or backlash.




NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday gave strict directions to the Centre and several States to protect Kashmiris and minority communities, especially students, from violence or backlash in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 leading to the loss of lives of 40 CRPF personnel.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ordered the chief secretaries and the police chiefs across several sensitive States to be on their toes and nip violent tendencies in the bud. States' police chiefs have to direct their officers to promptly take action on complaints. The nodal officers appointed by the Centre should act to prevent and defuse tensions, the court said.

The petition filed by advocate Tariq Adeeb was taken up urgently as the first item for hearing even though it was numbered 51 in the day's list of cases.

The petition sought the court to direct the Centre to “forthwith take steps to prevent threats, assaults, violent attacks, social boycotts, ostracism, evictions and other coercive acts committed by groups and mobs against Kashmiris and other minorities, particularly in the wake of the Pulawama attack”.

It referred to incidents of violence against these communities in States like Bihar, Chattisgarh, Haryana, J&K,Meghalaya, UP, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. The court issued notice to these States and added two more States — Punjab and Maharashtra — to the list.

The court scheduled the case for hearing next on Friday.

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