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J-K man denied room by Delhi hotel, cops react as video goes viral [Watch]

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 March 2022, 9:46 IST

A recent development coming in from the national capital, a hotel, listed under Oyo Rooms, is facing wrath on social media for allegedly denying accommodation to a man from Kashmir.

The video, which is being widely shared on social media, displays a woman employee at the hotel reception not letting a Kashmiri resident check-in even after he shows her valid identity proofs, which included Aadhaar Card.

The Kashmiri man had made his reservation for a room through the Oyo website.

On being confronted by the man, the woman employee can be seen making a phone call to her superior. The woman asks him to talk to the guest and explain him why he was being denied accommodation.

Following a short interaction with her superior, the woman employee tells the Kashmiri man that they have been instructed by the Delhi Police to not accommodate Kashmiri citizens in the hotel.

The matter was brought to the surface by Nasir Khuehami, National Spokesperson Of Jammu And Kashmir Students' Association.

Sharing the clip of the episode on Twitter, Nasir Khuehami dubbed it an "impact of The Kashmir Files".

"Impact of #KashmirFiles on the ground. Delhi Hotel denies accommodation to Kashmiri man, despite provided id and other documents. Is being a Kashmiri a Crime," he tweeted.

Here's the video:

In response, the Oyo Rooms took the hotel responsible out of its platform soon after the video went viral.

"Our rooms and our hearts are open for everyone, always. This is not something that we will compromise on, ever. We will definitely check what compelled the hotel to deny check-in. We thank you for bringing this to our notice," it said in a tweet.

Responding to the hotel's claim that it was asked by the Delhi Police to not give accommodations to Kashmiris, the Delhi Police put out an official statement in a chain of tweets and said that they did not give any such instructions to the hotels in national capital.

"A purported video is viral on social media wherein a person is being denied hotel reservation due to his J&K ID. Reason for cancellation is being given as direction from police... no such direction has been given... willful misrepresentation can attract penal action," Delhi Police tweeted.

"Some netizens are trying to discredit the image of Delhi Police through willful misrepresentation of the video in circulation which can attract penal action," the Delhi Police added.

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First published: 24 March 2022, 9:46 IST