Five Persons Booked For ‘Sedition, Anti-National Activities’ in Kishtwar


Asif Iqbal Naik

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Coming down heavily on people who tried to “destabilize” the peace and tranquillity in communally sensitive Kishtwar district of Jammu Division, police on Tuesday registered two different FIRs against five persons under section 120 B (Criminal Conspiracy), 124 A (Sedition) and 153 A (Promoting Religious Enmity) at Police Station Kishtwar and started its investigation.

As per the details available with Kashmir Life, one person namely Saif-ud-Baghwan, son of Abdul Jabbar Baghwan, resident of Baghwan Mohallah Kishtwar was booked in FIR No 139 U/S 120 B/124 A/153 A of 2016 for raising “provocative, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans”.

As per the contents of the FIR, on July 10th 2016, Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo, separatist leader Molvi Abdul Qayoom Mattoo and Imam Bunastan Masjid Manzoor Ahmed Ganaie made an announcement from the loudspeaker of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar calling for peaceful shutdown on 11-7-2016 against the killings of civilians in Kashmir unrest post militant commander Burhan Wani’s death in Kokernag Kashmir. The FIR said that the accused on the day when the Sarthal Devi Yatris reached Bus Stand Kishtwar, the accused raised “provocative and anti-national slogans with an aim to provoke the Yatris and thus make an attempt to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in this district”.

In another FIR No 140/2016 registered U/S 120 B/124 A/153 A, the accused in FIR No 139 Saif-ud-Din Baghwan along with co-accused named in FIR namely Javed Iqbal Sheikh, son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh, Imran Ali son of Mohammad Aslam Sheikh, Parvaiz Ahmed Sheikh son of Sana-ullah Sheikh, Tariq Hussain Gallu all residents of Sangrabata Kishtwar along with others on 15-7-2016 (Friday) after seeing the vehicles of Sarthal Devi Yatris resorted to “pro-freedom, anti-national and provocative slogans thus hurting their sentiments”.

In its communication to Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, SSP Kishtwar vide letter No CRB/2016/7891-93, dated 14-7-2016 and CRB/2016/7907-09, dated 15-7-2016 brought the matter into the notice of district magistrate Kishtwar after SHO Police Station Kishtwar and I/C PP Kuleed about the activities of the accused persons and seeks the necessary directions from the Chair U/S 196 CrPC.

As per the communication from SSP Kishtwar, district magistrate Kishtwar accorded permission to Kishtwar police for prosecution of the accused persons.

While confirming the registration of an FIR, a senior police officer told Kashmir Life that act committed by the accused has “the potential to create religious enmity in the district as well as in the state”. He added that the prime accused had reportedly also tried to “enforce shutdown of minority community businessmen who refused to entertain shutdown call”.

He said that the accused tried its best “to provoke the peaceful loving people of Kishtwar through its act of criminal conspiracy”. He said, however, no arrest has been made so far added that efforts are on to arrest the accused persons named in an FIR.

Meanwhile, separatists have called for shutdown tomorrow in Kishtwar over Kashmir civilians killings.

In his announcement made from the loudspeaker of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar, Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar said that the government of Jammu and Kashmir failed to protect the lives of innocent people of Kashmir.

He said that government has failed to control the killings of civilians in forces action and accused the government of using excessive force against the protesters and demanded that same should be brought to an end with immediate effect.

He said that due to government failure, they are compelled to observe strike at regular intervals.


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