Seven booked on charges of sedition in Jammu over pro-Pak slogans

According to sources, more arrests are likely in the matter as Jammu Kashmir police recorded a video of the entire procession.

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Updated: July 19, 2015 1:55 am
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A state government teacher was among seven people arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans during an Eid procession in Jammu’s Kishtwar area Saturday morning. All seven have been booked on charges of sedition.

Identifying the teacher as Abdul Gani of Marwah, sources said he was engaged by the state government under the Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) programme.

Sources said people had assembled at Chowghan from across Kishtwar and the outskirts on Saturday morning. After Eid prayers, they took out a procession to Ziarat Sharief at Ahsan Bala.

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Though local Imams asked people not to raise provocative slogans, some youth apparently defied their pleas.

Tension escalated when the procession passed through a Hindu-dominated area, but local police intervened and arrested seven people. Sources said more arrests are likely as the police had prepared a video of the entire procession as a precautionary measure.

In 2013, three people were killed and over 80 injured in clashes between two communities after some people pelted stones on an Eid procession passing through the town. Nearly 80 shops, vehicles and other structures were burnt, forcing the government to impose curfew in most parts of Jammu, suspend the Amarnath yatra and cut internet connections.

A one-man judicial commission, headed by retired high court judge, Justice R C Gandhi, was constituted to probe the matter. Pending enquiry, the then Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo resigned from the Omar Abdullah ministry.

In March this year, the enquiry commission indicted Kitchloo among nearly five dozen people, including senior IAS and IPS officers, for their role in violence. The National Conference who was in opposition at that time, however, dismissed the findings as “tutored” saying that the same commission had earlier exonerated Kitchloo in its preliminary report.

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  1. K
    Jul 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm
    Why arrest.... Why don't govt give permission to police and military forces to directly kill those people who does this..... No mercy just shoot on site
    1. V
      Jul 18, 2015 at 9:03 pm
      Send them to stan. We can even sponsor their nobreturn ticket to Iraq and Syria.
      1. S
        Jul 18, 2015 at 9:43 pm
        Govt. of India need to re-look into their strategy to handle extremism in Kashmir.., don't lock the leaders..let those leaders talk free and loud..broadcast them as wide as possible..let the Indian decide what to with those anti-Indians..then whip the legal action against them.
        1. B
          Jul 18, 2015 at 10:14 pm
          We shall not allow another ISIS controlled area in the world. These jihadi terrorists must be shot dead at site.
          1. A
            Jul 19, 2015 at 12:24 am
            Why you sending people to stan hande over the w kashmor it has to go one day from india
            1. N
              Naceem Rafique
              Jul 22, 2015 at 10:24 am
              Thats the true face of Fake fragile and unnatutal union of india it cant hide under the veil of fake democracy forever. Kashmir belongs to stan and we are stanis. Faq indian
            2. N
              Narendra Talwalkar
              Jul 18, 2015 at 10:16 pm
              Very good action. The anti-social and anti-India people should be shown to respect the Country where they live. These very people should be deported to stan for their like of that Country. Or else should be tried and punished for their non patriotic action against our Country. This kind of action was lacking in the previous old governance.
              1. S
                Sukumar Ling
                Jul 18, 2015 at 8:25 pm
                Don't delay in delivering the justice . With modern technology , probably you might have evidence. Act fast and deliver the judgement without any delay . They have to be penalized severely and without any mercy.
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