Cashmere. News magazine editor detained for posting ‘anti-national content’
Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday arrested Kashmiri Walla’s editor for allegedly uploading “anti-national content”. A case against Fahad Shah was registered in Pulwama a few days ago.
“Pulwama Police have reliably learned that some Facebook users and portals have uploaded anti-national content, including photographs, videos and messages, with criminal intent to create fear among the public and the content so uploaded may incite the public to disrupt law and order. It has also been learned that such Facebook users upload such posts which amount to glorify terrorist activities and damage the image of the forces of the order in addition to causing ill will and disaffection against the country,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.
“During the investigation, an accused identified as Fahad Shah was arrested. The accused is in custody. The investigation into the matter is ongoing,” the spokesperson added.
Former J&K Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti condemned the arrest of the journalist. “Defending the truth is considered anti-national. Showing the mirror to a deeply intolerant and authoritarian government is also anti-national. Fahad’s journalistic work speaks for itself and portrays the unpleasant ground reality for GOI. How many Fahad are you going to arrest? “, tweeted Mehbooba.
HP: Man arrested for extortion
The CID wing of HP Police has charged a man who allegedly extorted money from industrialists by posing as an IG. Vinay Agarwal had extorted ₹1.9 crore, said Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu, adding that the accused would travel to Kala Amb, Baddi and Nalagarh industrial estates in uniform while armed Haryana Police officers accompany illegally. He said an SIT was formed on February 2, led by SP (cybercrime) Rohit Malpani with Gaurav Singh, SP (economic crimes), SP CID (Crime) Virender Kalia, ASP (cybercrime) Narvir Singh Rathore, DSP ( CID, crime) Mukesh Kumar, and five police officers including two inspectors, two SI and one ASI. Kundu said the gang led by Vinay Aggarwal extorted huge sums of money from several industrialists in Himachal and other states. The investigation revealed that this case was not a normal white collar crime, but a crime with many connections. Further investigation is underway, he added.
“Many people in the administration are trying to sabotage J&K’s election assurances”
Former J&K chief minister and NC deputy chairman Omar Abdullah said many people in the administration were trying to sabotage assurances about the J&K elections. He was reacting to reports that the boundary commission will receive another extension, which means that elections will be further delayed in UT. “If that’s true, it won’t be a surprise. The assurances from Parliament and Red Fort of the restoration of democratic rule at J&K ring hollow as we know so many in the J&K administration are trying to sabotage these assurances,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.
Srinagar: Friday prayers banned again
Friday prayers have again been banned due to restrictions on the city’s historic Jamia Masjid, making it the 27th consecutive Friday without prayers at the mosque. In a statement, Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar expressed deep dismay that the historic and central Jamia Masjid continues to remain silent as Mirwaiz e Kashmir Mohammad Umar Farooq completes two and a half years of house arrest.