50 in Jammu, 2 in Kashmir booked for sedition
Srinagar: The majority of the people booked for “offences against state” during and after last year’s uprising belong to Jammu region.
As many as 263 people have been booked for “offences against state” after the killing of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last year, 52 of them face the serious charge of “sedition”.
According to the data revealed in the assembly by the government, 177 people charged with ‘offence against the state’ are from Jammu region.
The J&K police under PDP-BJP alliance has also charged more (50) people in Jammu than Kashmir (2) for sedition under section 124-A of the Ranbir Penal Code.
Kishtwar resident Saif-ud-din Baagwan charged in all 5 FIRs registered in the district
Eight of the 50 people from Jammu who have been charged with sedition booked in more than one FIR.
Of the 177 people booked in Jammu, 127 belong to Banihal
Most number of people (25) named in a single case registered in Handwara
In all, the police have registered 33 cases against civilians under various RPC sections of 120 to 130, all dealing with offences against the state, in Jammu and Kashmir. Nine of them include charges under sedition.
Eight of the 50 people from Jammu who have been charged with sedition have been charged in more than one FIR.
One of them, Saif-ud-Din Baagwan, 65, figures in all five FIRs (139/2016, 140/2016, 157/2016, 158/2016 and 174/2016) registered in police station Kishtwar.
Besides sedition, Baagwan faces charges under 120-B RPC (criminal conspiracy) and for offence against public tranquillity under RPC sections of 151-A and 153-A.
Three cases have been slapped on one Abdul Qayoom Mattoo, a resident of Bagwan Mohalla, Kishtwar, while six others—Rehmat Ullah, Irfan Shah, Nissar Ahmad Bagwan, Fardoos Ahmad, Firdoos Ahmad Hajaam and Shabir Peer—have two cases registered against them each.
The data released by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in response to BJP MLA Ranbir Singh Pathania also reveals that of the 177 people in Jammu, 127 were booked in Bahihal area of Ramban district, 55 of them under a single FIR (105/2016) under RPC section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 121-A (waging war against government of India), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly), 153-A (provocation causing rioting), 336 (endangering life of others) and 427 (mischief).
As many as 40 persons have been booked in Kishtwar and 10 in Doda district, including prominent advocate, Babar, whose release was ordered by high court after quashing his detention order under draconian Public Safety Act.
In Kashmir, the police have charged 86 persons for the offences against the state and two of them— Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat alias Mustaqa Veeri of Anantnag and Zaffar Akbar Bhat of Bagi-e-Mehtab— have been booked for sedition.
Mushtaq has been also charged under section of 18 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and RPC section 120-B in FIR (17/2016) registered in police station Anantnag while Akhbar, who heads Salvation Movement, has been booked in FIR (31/2016) registered in police station Chrar-i-Sharief in Budgam district.
Of the cases filed in the valley, three have been registered in Srinagar, two of them (168/2016 and 168/2016) in police station Saddar against persons who are “yet to be identified”, one each in Budgam (Chrar-i-Sharief) and Baramulla (Kreeri), three in Anantnag and nine in Kupwara districts’ Handwara area.
The most number of people (25) named in a single case stands registered in Handwara (FIR number 365/2016). They face charges under RPC sections 148, 149,336, 332, 436, 511 (attempt to commit offence), 307 (attempt to murder), 121-A and 13 Unlawful Act.
While 263 persons have been charged with offences against state, government arrested 8,587 persons to quell the last year’s uprising. Among them include 519 juveniles.