J&K to prosecute 9 men for raising Islamic State flag

The nine have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, or UAPA.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: October 26, 2016 2:52 pm
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IN THE first such decision, the Jammu and Kashmir government has accorded sanction for prosecution of nine people charged with raising an Islamic State (IS) flag in Srinagar two years ago. The nine have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, or UAPA.

“The government is of the view that there is sufficient material and evidence available against the accused persons for their prosecution,” states a notification issued by the state’s Principal Secretary (Home), R K Goyal.

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On October 17, 2014, a few unidentified youths had raised the black flag of the IS at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid after the Friday prayers. The police registered a case and said that their investigations revealed that nine Srinagar residents were involved in the incident.

The police had booked the youths under UAPA Section 13 (punishment for taking part in or committing, advocating, abetting, inciting or assisting in any unlawful activity), which makes state government’s sanction mandatory for prosecution. While the state Home Secretary until recently issued such sanctions, under new rules the power lies with the Chief Minister.

Stating that the police have established a prima facie case against the accused, the gazette notification states, “The appointed authority by the state government has independently scrutinised the case diary and documents relevant to the case and has come to a conclusion that this is a fit case for accord of prosecution sanction against the accused persons.”

Police officials said the nine people to be prosecuted are not “motivated” by IS ideology, and had raised the flags only to “hurt” the Central government and “garner international attention” towards Kashmir.

While the IS has no presence in the Valley, a Srinagar youth, who was working in Australia, had reportedly joined the terror outfit in Syria two years ago. In the last two years, IS flags have been raised on several occasions in different areas, most such incidents coming after Friday prayers.

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    IML sood
    Oct 25, 2016 at 2:30 am
    A welcome step , they do not deserve any sympathy so strict and effective action is needed for such anti national and their supporters some of them will be visible with their comments here.
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      IML sood
      Oct 25, 2016 at 2:23 am
      Difference between NC-Cong and present Govt. How can this be allowed in JandK,an Indian state like any other state.A welcome effective step to start with despite opposition from anti nationals who will start ranting in their support.
      1. A
        Oct 25, 2016 at 2:18 am
        Shoot them first.
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          Ashok Mazumdar
          Oct 25, 2016 at 1:54 am
          Just Do Itlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And Speak afterwards.
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            prashantk kk
            Oct 25, 2016 at 6:01 am
            how much ur sister charges
            1. R
              Oct 25, 2016 at 7:18 am
              Didn't you clarify the present rates at your own home?
              1. V
                Oct 25, 2016 at 3:09 am
                It looks like for the first time Present Govt.is taking right step.Look at what Abdullah and congress Govt.did in the past.They did not have the courage to act against anti nationals .This is Govt.is slowly and steadily moving in the right direction .All opposition parties should support and not to play politics.Send Yechuru,Kejri and Rahul to the border on front to face stani bullets .
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                  yash sehgal
                  Oct 25, 2016 at 1:05 am
                  Kudos..go on..lt;br/gt;Keep this spirit up..
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