PhD scholar, editor arrested for ‘secessionist’ articles

The State Investigation Agency (SIA), the premier probe agency of Jammu and Kashmir tasked to investigate and prosecute terror-related cases, has arrested a man for “promoting” secession of the Union Territory from India through his writings, writes Tejinder Singh Sodhi for News18.

As per sources in the SIA, the agency has arrested Abdul Aala Fazili, who was pursuing PhD studies at the University of Kashmir, for writing an article titled “The shackles of slavery will break” in a controversial monthly digital magazine The Kashmir Walla. The editor of the magazine has already been booked under the Public Safety Act for indulging in anti-national activities.

An SIA spokesman said, on one hand, the article is “highly provocative, seditious and intended to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, written with the purpose of abetting the youth to take the path of violence by glorifying terrorism, and, on the other, the write-up promoted and propagated the false narrative, which is essential to sustain [the] secessionist cum terrorist campaign aimed at breaking the territorial integrity of India”.
Full report on the News18 site