Pulwama Bombing: More Arrests, Sedition Cases For ‘Objectionable Posts


SRINAGAR — Arrests were made and sedition charges slapped against more people including Kashmiri students Monday over alleged objectionable posts related to Pulwama bombing attack that left nearly 49 CRPF personnel dead last week.

Monti Khan, a resident of Birsinghpur in Pali town of Umaria district, was arrested on Sunday after a complaint was received and a probe was initiated by the police’s cyber squad, said Superintendent of Police Asit Yadav.

Two more Kashmiri students were arrested in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district for their alleged anti-national activities, police said Monday.
Pirzada Tawish Fayaz and Aakib Rasool of Jammu and Kashmir were arrested Sunday night for their alleged involvement in “anti-national” activities, Himachal Pradesh Police spokesperson and Superintendent of Police (law and order) Khushhal Sharma said.

They were studying at the Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in Nauni of Solan district, popularly known as the Nauni University.

Sharma said that they were arrested on the basis of a complaint from one Neeraj Bhardwaj of Ber village in Solan.

In his complaint, Bhardwaj alleged that Fayaz had posted anti-national comments on his Facebook page, the SP said.

A few comments had also been attached with the complaint, the police official said.

The complainant further alleged that both Fayaz and Rasool were involved in anti-national activities and were “supporting Pakistan in India’s fight against terrorism”, the SP added.

Bhardwaj said he had come to know about the duo’s “anti-national” activities through his friend Vipul Sharma who is also a student of the Nauni university.

Subsequently, they were arrested and a First Information Report (FIR) under Indian Penal Code sections 153 B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) was registered against them at Sadar police station in Solan, he said.

The matter is under investigation, the SP said.

The number of Kashmiri students arrested in Himachal Pradesh after the Pulwama attack for their alleged involvement in “anti-national” activities has now risen to three.

Tahseen Gul, who was studying at the Chitkara University in Baddi town and hails from Srinagar, was arrested Saturday for making “anti-national” remarks on photo-video sharing app Instagram.

 Police on Monday arrested another person in Bihar for posting a controversial message on social media about the Pulwama attack.

The man was held from Rahimabad village under the jurisdiction of Tajpur police station area of the district, following complaints about the social media message, Superintendent of Police, Samastipur, Harpreet Kaur, said.

“The accused has been booked under sections of the IPC relating to sedition and disturbing communal peace, besides the IT Act. His mobile phone has also been confiscated,” Kaur said.

On Sunday, a resident of Muzaffarpur district in the state was arrested and sent to jail for a similar reason.

In Hyderabad, three people were Monday arrested in Nizamabad district of Telanganaunder sedition charges for allegedly posting a video with “anti-national and pro-Pakistan” slogans, police said. ( Inputs from PTI)

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