Many Booked, Held Across India for Social Media Posts over Pulwama

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NEW DELHI–People including Students and Women have been booked and arrested by the police for their social media posts over the Pulwama attack in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

On Sunday in Jaipur, four Kashmir-origin women who are paramedical students have been booked by the Rajasthan police under sedition charges for allegedly posting on social media pictures of their purported celebration of the Pulwama militant attack.

Jaipur’s Chandwaji police station registered an FIR against them on the basis of the complain made by authorities of the National Institute of Medical Sciences, a private university where the students are studying. They were also suspended from the university.

Jaipur (Rural) Superintendent of Police Harendra Kumar said the FIR was registered under Sections 124-A (sedition) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the IPC and relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act.

The Uttar Pradesh police have arrested at least four persons in different districts for posting allegedly objectionable remarks on social media on the Pulwama suicide attack.

Ravi Prakash Maurya from Ballia, Mr. Osama from Madanpur and Razab Khan from Lucknow are those who were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for social media posts on Pulwama attack. The police also arrested one Taufeek from Siddharthnagar for allegedly writing pro-Pakistan slogan on Facebook.

A Kashmiri student of Aligarh Muslim University Basim Hilal was booked for allegedly posting an objectionable tweet on the killing of 44 CRPF jawan by a suicidal militant.

In Tamil Nadu, a 22-year-old engineering student was arrested by the Bagalur police on Saturday on sedition charge for his Facebook posts allegedly in support of the terror attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir on February 14.

The accused, Thahir Shazad Latif, is from Baramulla in J&K. He is a third-year engineering student in a private college in Yelahanka.

According to the police, he had posted images on his Facebook page hailing the terror attack. He had also posted messages and comments taunting and ridiculing the army.

In Karnataka, the HAL police had booked Aabid Malik for sedition after he posted messages on social media supporting the suicide bomber in the Pulwama terror attack and criticizing the army. The police booked him for sedition, criminal conspiracy, and under the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act.

The police learnt that he is from Srinagar. He claims in his Facebook profile that he is studying in a State-run university in the city. The police found out that he used to reside in Kumaraswamy Layout and had left the city six months ago. He had worked as a project manager in a company in Hennur from where the police have collected his resume and are on the lookout for him.

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