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Police Book Jamia Students, Umar Khalid under UAPA for Delhi Riots

 Journalist Gowhar Geelani booked for social media posts

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 New Delhi & Srinagar: Two Jamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar have been booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) relating to communal violence in North East Delhi by Delhi Police, reports PTI.

Haider and Zargar, arrested for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to incite the communal riots in February, are in judicial custody. While Zargar is the media coordinator of Jamia Coordination Committee, Haider is a member of the committee.

Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid has also been booked under the UAPA in this case.

Meanwhile, a Correspondent adds from Srinagar that Jammu and Kashmir Police have now booked author/ journalist Gowhar Geelani. First information report has been filed against him, a police statement has informed. He has been accused of “glorifying militancy in Kashmir and indulging in unlawful activities through his posts and writings on Social Media platform which are prejudicial to the national integrity.” It should be noted with Geelani, this is the third instance of such FIR been booked against Kashmir based journalists in the last 48 hours.

Masrat Zahra, who was charged under UAPA for allegedly uploading posts which the police called “anti-national” content on social media, met police officials today and answered questions. She is not arrested but the investigation is going on.

CPIM General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury in one of his tweets has expressed concern over the charges against journalists in Kashmir. He tweeted, “The booking of journalists in Kashmir under the UAPA is completely unacceptable. Freedom of the press is sacrosanct in our democracy and just because Kashmir is now governed by the Centre as a union territory doesn’t mean that our constitutional rights do not apply there.”


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