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Two youth booked under UAPA for raising “oppressed Kashmir” flag in IIOJK

Srinagar, August 27 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have booked two youth under black law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for raising a flag reading “Oppressed Kashmir” during a recent Muharram procession in Badgam district.

The youth raised the flag with slogan “Oppressed Kashmir” during the procession of Ashura, the 10th of the Islamic month of Muharram, observed on August 19.

Outspoken National Conference leader, Ruhullah Mehdi, in a tweet ridiculed the authorities’ action.

“Two guys from Shareefabad held a flag reading “Oppressed Kashmir” in 10th Muharram procession in Budgam. Police responds by booking them under oppressive UAPA to prove that they are not oppressed. This model of policing should be adopted by every democracy in the world,” he said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Indian police have filed a case under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against unidentified persons on charges of raising ‘Free Kashmir’ banner during a Muharram procession carried out last week in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. As per the First Information Report (FIR), thousands of Shia Muslims were part of the procession on Thursday last week in which a banner of ‘Free Kashmir’ was taken out.

The FIR registered at Police Station Budgam on 20 August 2021 reads that a procession was carried out from Mirgund village of Budgam district that headed towards Imambargah Budgam. “In one clan among the huge gathering, unidentified mourners were holding a banner on which Free Kashmir was written,” it read.

The FIR added that by this activity, India’s integrity was put at risk, so, the police took action and filed an FIR under section 13 of UAPA.

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