Doctoral student arrested for inciting young people to violence: SIA

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SRINAGAR: The State Investigation Agency (SIA) has arrested a university Ph.D. for allegedly “encouraging secessionist elements to carry out terrorist activities” in Jammu and Kashmir.

The SIA booked Abdul Aala Fazili under Sections 13, 18 of the UA(P) Act and Sections 121, 124, 153B and 120-B of the IPC.

The SIA said Fazili wrote a seditious article to glorify terrorism and incite young people to resort to violence.

Headlined “The Chains of Slavery Will Be Broken”, the SIA said the article was highly provocative, seditious and intended to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

“It is written to incite young people to take the path of violence by glorifying terrorism and on the other hand, the article has promoted and propagated the false narrative, which is essential to support the secessionist and terrorist campaign aimed at breaking the “territorial integrity of India. The article used normative language with educational intent, encouraging secessionist elements to carry out terrorist activities,” the SIA said.

Citing the article, the SIA said the paratroopers reproduced here are carefully crafted, seeking pledge allegiance to terrorist groups. “On the occasion of Eid al-Azha, let us all promise in the name of the blood of our martyrs and the tears of our mothers and sisters that we will always remember their sacrifices, that we will never stop our fight for freedom… An enlightened commitment has transferred to the younger generation and they feel confident in continuing the struggle in a more creative, courageous and effective way towards liberation… We may not have succeeded in chasing the freedom yet. “India, but certainly we have succeeded in shaking their grip on Kashmir and creating ripples inside their establishments. Success, my dear friends, is not an event, it is a process – it’ is a path we must walk to reach our destination – freedom,” SIA said quoting the article.

SIA said the repeated reference to the rhetoric of freedom and terror makes it clear that the article is not just propaganda. Rather, it is the articulation of the vision of the Pakistani ISI and its sponsored terrorist group.

“It is relevant to mention that Fazili holds a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. He is a Senior Researcher in Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Kashmir. He was a beneficiary of the UGC MANF (Maulana Azad National Scholarship) which allowed him to earn Rs 30,000 per month until March 2021. Currently, he is working on the thesis, which is due to be submitted in June,” SIA said.

The SIA carried out searches at the office of the monthly digital magazine in Rajbagh, at the residences of Fazili in Humhama and Fahad Shah in Soura Srinagar. “The search team seized incriminating evidence including computers, laptops and other digital equipment,” the SIA said.

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