Bigotry Not Allowed: OYO Ends Partnership After Noida Hotel Puts Up ‘Kashmiris Not Allowed’ Sign
Kashmiris across the country are being targeted by right-wing outfits in the wake of the Pulwama attack.
Following the Pulwama terror attack on the CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir, a Noida hotel fuelled outrage by reportedly putting up a sign that read, ‘Kashmiris Not allowed’.
The Indian Express reported that the hotel, Jani Homes, belongs to the Navnirman Sena Chief Amit Jani. The hotel was affiliated to the OYO franchise, however, after reports of the discriminatory sign surfaced, the franchise has terminated the tie-up.
An OYO spokesperson told IE, “OYO Hotels & Homes is committed to bringing quality living experiences to our guests from around the world, irrespective of their race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, gender identity, age, etc. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, and any such action that is tantamount to discrimination is a serious violation of the basic principles of engagement with OYO followed by our franchise hotels. As soon as we were made aware of this, we took immediate action and delisted the hotel within hours.”
However, the action seems to have had no impact on the hotel-owner. “When people from Punjab, Gujarat or other states come, they don’t abuse the country. But Kashmiris do, which I will not tolerate. There is a sense of discomfort with them around. They could be hiding weapons in their robes for all we know. My guesthouse doors are open to nationalists from Kashmir, whom I know personally. But some of the Kashmiris celebrated the attack. It’s not like I have anything to gain from this — I myself have become a target and I will incur losses. But nothing is above patriotism,” Jani told IE.
Jani has reportedly had a history of targeting Kashmiris. In 2017, then Meerut SSP J Ravindra Gaur had filed a case against Jani over attempting to create unrest by putting up anti-Kashimiri hoardings asking Kashmiris to leave Uttar Pradesh, according to a report by India Today.
Noida Sector 20 SHO Rajvir Singh Chauhan told IE, “After it was highlighted, a booth in-charge was sent to the hotel. The staff had removed the poster by the time we reached. If it comes to our knowledge that any Kashmiri is being discriminated against, strictest action will be taken against the hotel owners and a case will be pursued.”
Kashmiris, especially students are being targeted by mobs and right-wing outfits across the country, especially in north India. Groups such as the Bajrang Dal have harassed and attacked Kashmiri students in Uttarakhand. Many students have been forced to return to the Valley due to such attacks.