Srinagar: Moulana Sarjan Barkati who earned several sobriquets’ including ‘Freedom Chacha’ and ‘Pied Piper of Kashmir’ after his video’s chanting pro-Kashmir slogans went viral was arrested by Jammu Kashmir Police at Wanpoh while he was on way to Arwani Bijbehara in South Kashmir.
Barkati is a popular Muslim cleric from South Kashmir’s Shopian district and a senior leader of Ummat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, headed by Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir.
Shortly after his arrest; Barkati was booked under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).
Barkati was instrumental in organizing public rallies across South Kashmir in the on-going civilian uprising. 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.
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