18 persons booked under sedition in Chenab Valley for anti-India protests

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Kishtwar:  The government has booked at least 18 persons from Chenab Valley for allegedly staging anti-India and pro-Kashmir protests on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.

These people including two government teachers and Islamic clerics from Kishtwar have been booked for sedition and breach of peace in the district.

Official sources told news agency CNS that a formal First Information Report (FIR) vide number 174/2016 under section 120 B (Criminal Conspiracy), 124 A (Sedition) and 153 A (Promoting Religious Enmity) stands registered against 18 persons in police station Kishtwar after a report submitted by the Duty Magistrate under section 196 Cr PC to the government that a group of people tried to vitiate peace and harmony and even indulged in anti-India sloganeering.

Some of the person who have been framed in the FIR are Imam Umar Mollah Masjid and pro-freedom leader Abdul Qayoom Mattoo and Imam Bunastan Masjid Qari Manzoor Ahmed Ganaie, Saif-ud-Baghwan son of Abdul Jabbar Baghwan, resident of Baghwan Mohallah Kishtwar.

Both Molvi Abdul Qayoom Mattoo and Saif-ud-Din Baghwan now featured in five FIRs registered by the Kishtwar police in last two months for anti-India, pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and pro-Burhan Wani sloganeering.

The FIR reads that during a traditional march after Eid pryaers from Chowghan ground Kishtwar towards Ziyarat Shah Mohammad Fareed-ud-Din Baghdadi (RA) “few miscreants resorted to pro-freedom and anti-India sloganeering with an attempt to provoke the youths and to vitiate peaceful atmosphere”.

“The accused have only been booked and not arrested yet. They will be arrested shortly,” said a police official.

Chenab Valley has been witnessing frequent shutdown and pro-freedom marches after Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s killing ion July 8. (CNS)



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