Rajnath’s appeal came after 6 students were allegedly beaten up by a group of local people in Mewar University in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh on April 19.
According to the police, the students received minor injuries in the attack and were discharged from a hospital after first aid.
“I appeal to Chief Ministers of all states to ensure that such incidents don’t happen, they are equal citizens of India, they have also greatly contributed to national security,” the Home Minister said while adding he had directed the home secretary to put out an advisory.
They are equal citizens of India, he said.
“I appeal to all youngsters to treat them as their brothers, they are Indian citizens and members of our family,” Rajnath added.
According to a police officer, the students were shopping for groceries at a market when a group of people approached them asking them about their names and native place.
The group soon started beating them, the officer added.
There are nearly 500 Kashmiri students and 300 from Jammu at Mewar University.
Police have lodged a case against unidentified people.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has launched helpline numbers 011-23092923, 011-23092885 for the people of Jammu and Kashmir living in other parts of the country.