18 booked for sedition in Chenab Valley for anti-India, pro-freedom demo

KISHTWAR: Authorities have booked at least 18 persons from Chenab Valley for sedition for allegedly staging anti-India and pro-Kashmir protests on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on September 13.

These people include two government teachers and Islamic clerics from Kishtwar have been booked for “sedition and breach of peace” in the district.

Official sources told news agency CNS that a formal First Information Report (FIR) vide number 174/2016 under section 120 B (Criminal Conspiracy), 124 A (Sedition) and 153 A (Promoting Religious Enmity) stands registered against 18 persons in police station Kishtwar after a report submitted by the Duty Magistrate under section 196 Cr PC to the government that a group of people tried to vitiate peace and harmony and even indulged in anti-India sloganeering.

Some of the person who have been named in the FIR are Imam Umar Mollah Masjid and senior separatist leader Abdul Qayoom Mattoo and Imam Bunastan Masjid Qari Manzoor Ahmed Ganaie, Saif-ud-Baghwan, son of Abdul Jabbar Baghwan, resident of Baghwan Mohallah Kishtwar.

Both Molvi Abdul Qayoom Mattoo and Saif-ud-Din Baghwan now featured in five FIRs registered by the Kishtwar police in last two months for anti-India, pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and pro-Burhan Wani sloganeering.

The FIR reads that during a traditional march after Eid prayers from Chowghan ground Kishtwar towards Ziyarat Shah Mohammad Fareed-ud-Din Baghdadi (RA) “few miscreants resorted to pro-freedom and anti-India sloganeering with an attempt to provoke the youths and to vitiate peaceful atmosphere.”

“The accused have only been booked and not arrested yet. They will be arrested shortly,” said a police official.

Pertinently, to express the solidarity with the people of Kashmir and against the recent civilian killings, Chenab Valley has been witnessing frequent shutdown and pro-freedom marches post Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s death in an encounter in South Kashmir on July 8.