Viral video shows Kashmiri man refused room in Delhi hotel, police say no such instructions were given: The Tribune India
New Delhi, March 24
Hours after the alleged controversy broke on social media that a man was refused a hotel room because he was a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi police clarified that there was no instruction from their side and they were considering criminal action against those spreading the fake news.
Delhi police said on Thursday they had given no guidance to a hotel about who could or could not stay.
“An alleged video is going viral on social media in which a person is denied a hotel reservation because of their J&K ID. The reason for the cancellation is given by the police. It is stated that no direction from this type was given by the Delhi Police,” said a senior police official.
The manager said he was informed that the aggrieved person in the video, while posting the same on YouTube, said he had stayed in the same area at another hotel and that was a lame excuse given by the hotel.
“Some netizens are trying to discredit the image of Delhi Police by deliberately distorting the circulating video which may lead to criminal charges,” the police said.
The case was posted by Nasir Khuehami, a verified Twitter handle, who claimed that due to the impact of ‘The Kashmir Files’, the man was denied entry to the hotel. He also posted a video about it.
Impact of #KashmirFiles On the ground.
Hotel Delhi refuses accommodation to Kashmiri man, despite ID and other documents provided. Is being a Kashmiri a Crime. @Nidhi @ndtv @TimesNow @vijaita @zoo_bear @kaushikrj6 @_sayema @alishan_jafri @_sayema @manojkjhadu @MahuaMoitra pic.twitter.com/x2q8A5fXpo
— Nasir Khuehami (ناصر کہویہامی) (@NasirKhuehami) March 23, 2022
Police said they are also checking the authenticity of the video as it was said it may be an old video.
Meanwhile, OyoRoom responded on Twitter that their hearts and rooms are open to everyone.
The case took a political turn on Thursday after senior Congressman Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to criticize the Center.
“Quite shameful. By such an attitude, Amit Shah ji, aren’t you driving Kashmiris further against ourselves? What is this?
“Please ask Delhi Police Commissioner to investigate and punish whoever gave such order,” Singh tweeted.
Meanwhile, Rakesh Kumar, the owner of the hotel, said that all the rooms were full so they did not accept any reservations. He said it was the guest using foul language.
“Facts have been twisted, things are highlighted in a different way. The guests had a reservation through OYO; all the rooms were occupied except for one whose air conditioning was not working,” Kumar said.
Police said they were investigating and criminal charges would be brought against the culprits.