Srinagar: Police have arrested more than six youth on charges of creating a ‘counter calendar’ that features militants, pro-freedom activists, and pellet victims, sources told Kashmir Reader.
The calendar, posted online and referred to as ‘counter calendar’, was circulated on social networking sites soon after Jammu and Kashmir Bank brought out a 2017 calendar featuring achievers like kickboxing champion Tajamul Islam and Indian civil services topper Shah Faesal.
The calendar was shared by Aalaw, an anonymously run page on Facebook, and went viral on all social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp.
Modelled on the J&K Bank calendar’s layout, the ‘counter calendar’, as Aalaw referred it, featured people from the ‘resistance’.
“We have apprehended more than six people so far related to the case,” an official in the police department told Kashmir Reader on condition of anonymity.
The counter calendar featured, among others, teenage pellet victim Insha Malik from Sopore, Burhan Wani, his brother Khalid, Lashkar-e-Toiba’s Qasim, militants from yesteryears like Ashfaq Majeed Wani, Nadeem Khateeb and JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat.
Pro-freedom activists like Sarjan Barkati, late Jaleel Andrabi and Dr Ayyub Thakur have also been featured.
The calendar was widely circulated by netizens who also condemned the J&K Bank’s calendar as “politically motivated”.
Several online forums have circulated other ‘counter calendars’ against this year’s J&K Bank calendar.
The apprehended youth, according to police, were picked up by police’s cyber cell branch for questioning related to these ‘counter calendars’.