Case registered at Mahendra Park police station
New Delhi, March 24 (Delhi Crown): Even as the film “The Kashmir Files” is running house full, collecting over Rs 200 crores over the past two weeks, a Kashmiri youth was allegedly denied hotel reservation in North-West Delhi for the simple reason that he produced his ID card from Jammu and Kashmir.
The incident is said to have occurred in Mahendra Park area of North-West Delhi, and police case has been registered after it went viral on social media.
In the viral video, a woman Receptionist wearing a black top can be heard telling the alleged Kashmiri youth (guest seeking reservation) that the local police had directed them not to provide hotel reservations to anyone on the basis of IDs from Kashmir.
Replying to this, the Kashmiri youth is heard asking the woman Receptionist – “Do I contact the local police now?”
The hotel owner denied the incident saying that the guest had booked a hotel room through hotel aggregator Oyo, but didn’t find the room suitable to him when he arrived at the hotel.
“The guest declined the only room which was available with us, and used abusive language against the In-charge of the hotel. It’s not as if we don’t give rooms to people with Jammu and Kashmir IDs,” owner of the said hotel Rakesh Kumar was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police said that a complaint was received in Mahendra Park Police Station, stating that a Kashmiri resident was denied accommodation in the hotel situated in the area, despite showing his valid Aadhar Card. He further submitted to the police to take action. Case registered at Mahendra Park P.S., and investigation is on.”
The incident occurred in the national capital on the day when Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta had organised free-screening of the movie “The Kashmir Files” for media persons, and had also invited Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Earlier, Gupta had in a letter asked Kejriwal to declare the film Tax-Free in Delhi, like many other state governments had done. However, Kejriwal hasn’t yielded to his request yet.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly earlier in the day, Kejriwal said that if the BJP was so desperate to show the film to the public it should ask Film Director Vivek Agnihotri to put it on Youtube and let all countrymen watch it for free.
“Some people are earning crores of rupees in the name of Kashmiri Pandits. A couple of days earlier a BJP worker wanted to organise free-screening of the film in his area, but soon Vivek Agnihotri came to know about it through social media he contacted the Delhi unit of the BJP to stop the free-screening of the movie,” said Kejriwal while speaking in Delhi Assembly.