Shehla Rashid Booked For Sedition Over False Allegations Against Army
Human rights activist Shehla Rashid has been booked today as the Delhi Police on Friday filed an FIR against her over her comments about alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement leader and activist Rashid had earlier made remarks against the Army. Rashid was booked for sedition on a criminal complaint by Supreme Court lawyer Alok Srivastav who had sought the arrest of Rashid. She was accused of allegedly spreading false information about situation in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.
“FIR has been registered under IPC Section 124-A (sedition), 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153 (wantedly giving provocation with intent to cause riot),” said a police officer.
Earlier, in a tweet thread, Rashid had openly accused the Indian Army of torturing people in Jammu and Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370.
Shehla Rashid dragged the name of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party as she blamed the human rights abuses on them. The allegations had stirred hate reactions but Rashid went on to say that she ready to give the evidence when the Indian Army constitutes an inquiry.
“People are saying that Jammu and Kashmir Police has no authority on law and order situation. They have been rendered powerless. Everything is in the hands of paramilitary forces. One SHO was transferred on the complaint of a CRPF man. SHOs carrying batons. Service revolvers can’t be seen on them,” Shehla Rashid had tweeted.
In another post, she wrote, “Armed forces are entering houses at night, picking up boys, ransacking houses, deliberately spilling rations on the floor, mixing oil with rice, etc.”
The Army, however, has rubbished allegations of fake news spread by Rashid and in a statement had referred to her charges as “baseless.”
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