Dehradun: Uttarakhand Police quashed rumours, which were being shared on social media websites, about Kashmiri students being "trapped" inside a hostel in Dehradun. 

On Saturday evening, the message was circulated on social media which said that about 15-20 Kashmiri girls are "trapped" in a hostel at the Dolphin College in Dehradun with a mob baying for blood outside, in the wake of the terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama on Thursday in which at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The message was widely shared, but the Uttarakhand Police were quick to clear the air.

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The message circulated by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Shehla Rashid read, “15-20 Kashmiri girls trapped in a hostel in Dehradun for hours now, as an angry mob outside demands that they be expelled from the hostels. This is in Dolphin institute. Police is present but unable to disperse the mob (sic).”

Some media organisations even carried the story based on the tweets, but after verifying the details, the Uttarakhand Police said those were rumours and while there was confusion regarding pro-Pakistan slogans raised by Kashmiri girls, it was sorted. It was also clarified that there were no mobs present outside the college.

Police have urged people to not spread rumours and fake news which can be misused to spread violence. They also added that those caught spreading fake information will be dealt with strictly.

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