PhD scholar arrested for penning ‘seditious’ article

SIA carries out raids at different places in Srinagar

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Abdul Aala Fazli
Abdul Aala Fazli

SRINAGAR — Jammu & Kashmir’s State Investigation Agency has arrested PhD scholar Abdul Aala Fazli for penning a “highly provocative” and “seditious” article in The Kashmir Walla, officials disclosed.

The SIA, which has been assigned with the duty of investigation and prosecution of terror-related cases in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, conducted searches at several locations in Srinagar on Sunday.

“The searches were conducted in connection with FIR No. 01/2022 U/S 13, 18 UA (P) Act read with sections 121, 124, 153B and 120-B IPC of Police Station JIC (SIA) Jammu, against the author of seditious article Abdul Aala Fazli and the Editor and other associates of the monthly digital magazine The Kashmir Walla,” reads the statement.

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The searches for the collection of evidence by the sleuths of SIA were conducted at different places including the office of The Kashmir Walla, the residence of Abdul Aala Fazli at Main Chowk Humhama and the residence of Fahad Shah at Soura Srinagar.

“The search teams have seized incriminating evidence which includes material in computers, laptops and other digital equipment,” reads the statement issued to news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

According to the statement, “The shackles of slavery will break” written by Abdul Aala Fazli is highly provocative, seditious and intended to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

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According to the SIA, the article has been written with the purpose of abetting the youth to take the path of violence by glorifying ‘terrorism’.

The statement adds that the article has used prescriptive language with instructional intent, encouraging secessionist elements to carry out ‘terror’ activities.

According to the SIA, Fazili, a PhD scholar in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kashmir University, was paid Rs 30,000 by the Government of India per month for five years till March 2021 through UGC MANF (Maulana Azad National Fellowship), so that he can sustain himself and complete his PhD.

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