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PhD scholar arrested for ‘provocative and seditious’ magazine article

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SIA conducts raids at several locations in Srinagar

Srinagar, Apr 17: The Jammu and Kashmir State Investigation Agency (SIA) on Sunday arrested a PhD scholar of the University of Kashmir for a “highly provocative and seditious” article in an online magazine, an official said.

Abdul Aala Fazili was arrested from his Humhama residence as the SIA conducted searches at several locations in the city as part of its crackdown on terror and anti-national networks {FIR No. 01/2022 u/s 13, 18 UA(P) Act read with sections 121, 124, 153 B and 120-B IPC of Police Station JIC (SIA) Jammu} the SIA spokesman said.

The SIA, assigned with the duty of investigation and prosecution of terror-related cases, carried out the searches in connection with an FIR registered under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the IPC against Fazili and the editor and other associates of monthly digital magazine ‘The Kashmir Walla’, the spokesman said.

He said the searches were conducted at the office of ‘The Kashmir Walla’ in Rajbagh and at the residences of Fazili in Humhama and arrested editor Fahad Shah in Soura.

“The search teams have seized incriminating evidence, including material in computers, laptops and other digital equipment,” the spokesman said.

He said Fazili’s article, titled ‘The shackles of slavery will break’ (published on Nov 06, 2011) is “highly provocative, seditious and intended to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, and written with the purpose of abetting the youth to take the path of violence by glorifying terrorism”.

It also “promoted and propagated the false narrative, which is essential to sustain secessionist-cum-terrorist campaign aimed at breaking the territorial integrity of India,” the spokesman said.

“The article has used prescriptive language with instructional intent, encouraging secessionist elements to carry out terror activities,” he said.

The spokesman said the repeated reference to freedom and terror outfits’ rhetoric make it amply clear that the article is not merely propaganda. “Rather, it is articulation of Pakistan ISI and the vision of its sponsored terrorist secessionist networks.”

He said the central government paid Fazili Rs 30,000 per month for five years till March 2021 through the Maulana Azad National Fellowship so that he can sustain himself and complete his PhD in the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the university.

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