Mamata sidesteps Omar’s request but welcomes all Kashmiris

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Kolkata, March 15 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday sidestepped her former Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Omar Abdullah’s request to look into a media report about police enquiring about Kashmiri students in her state but extended welcome to all people from the northern state.

Citing a report by a national daily claiming that city police has asked all Kolkata colleges to provide details of their students hailing Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah took to Twitter to urge Banerjee to look into the police order.

“Dear @MamataOfficial, can you please look in to this police order? Info gathering shouldn’t become harassment,” he tweeted.

In her reply, Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chairperson, said the matter pertained to the home affairs ministry.

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“@abdullah_omar Issue related to MHA. But let me assure you, people of J&K are welcome. We assure them peace of mind to enjoy beautiful Bengal,” she posted.

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