Kashmiri student arrested for Whatsapp status in Himachal
Srinagar, Feb 17: A B.Tech student of a Himachal Pradesh University was arrested for allegedly “glorifying” suicide bomber Aadil Ahmed Dar, who was behind the Pulwama attack, in which at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed, amid tension on campus Saturday, reported The Indian Express. Kasauli court on Sunday remanded Tashin Gul, 21, to judicial custody till February 28.
Son of a government teacher, Gul, a resident of Harman, Shopian, was arrested on Saturday and booked under IPC section 153B (imputing, making assertions prejudicial to national integration).
The FIR was lodged on the basis of a complaint filed by retd. Col. AK Chauhan, dean of Chitkara University.
Gul, 21, a native of Kashmir and second-year student of Chitkara University in Baddi, had allegedly put up a picture of Dar as his Whatsapp profile photo and the words — “Allah Talah aap ki shahadat kabool kare (May Allah accept your martydom)” — as his status.
Meanwhile, the police on Sunday also detained two other students namely Rahat and Irfan, resident of Kashmir who were staying with Tashin Gul in a rented accommodation for further questioning.
Currently, over half dozen Kashmiri students were studying in different courses in the varsity. A case has been registered under section 153 –B Indian Penal Code. Further investigations are in progress.
Gul was quoted saying by The Indian Express: “When I learnt about the attack in Pulwama, I first updated my WhatsApp status and inadvertently also tagged the picture of the suicide bomber. Later, I realised my mistake and deleted my WhatsApp status. Next day, a few fellow students raised strong objections to my WhatsApp status message and picture and told me to remove it. Sensing a threat to my life, I informed the university authorities. I also submitted a written apology to the university. Later on, I came to know that the university had lodged a police complaint against me. I regret my mistake.”