Srinagar: Moulana Sarjan Barkati who earned several sobriquets’ including ‘Freedom Chacha’ and ‘Pied Piper of Kashmir’ from local population after his videos chanting pro-freedom slogans went viral was arrested by Police at Wanpoh while he was on way to Arwani Bijbehara in South Kashmir.
Sources told news agency CNS that shortly after his arrest, Barkati was booked under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA). He popularized “new forms of anti-India sloganeering” that went viral across Kashmir. Since his peculiar way of sloganeering, he is popular among youth as “Freedom Chacha” and ‘Pied Piper of Kashmir’.
In his recent interview with a national Daily, Barkati revealed that adores Syed Ali Geelani for his steadfastness and the only desire of his life is to see Kashmir as a free country.
“Police had been conducting raids on Barkati’s house in Shopian. “The police have also ceased his property and threatened the inmates including his six year old son, Azaan Barkati,” the statement issued by Ummat-e-Islami said.