Journalist, PhD Scholar arrested in Srinagar

Srinagar-based State Investigation Agency (SIA) on Sunday arrested a PhD scholar of the University of Kashmir for writing an article in an online magazine, an official said.

The PhD scholar, Abdul Aala Fazili, who is also a journalist, was arrested from his Humhama residence in Srinagar during the SIA raid.

The SIA, assigned with the task of investigating and prosecuting so-called terror-related cases, conducted the raid in connection with an FIR registered under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the IPC against Fazili and the editor and other associates of monthly digital magazine ‘The Kashmir Walla’, the official said.

The official said the searches were conducted at the office of ‘The Kashmir Walla’ in Rajbagh, Sriangar, and at the residence of Fazili in Humhama. The SIA arrested editor Fahad Shah in Soura, Srinagar.

“The search teams have seized incriminating evidence, including material in computers, laptops and other digital equipment,” the official said.

The official said Fazili’s article, titled ‘The shackles of slavery will break’, is “highly provocative, seditious and intended to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, and written with the purpose of abetting the youth to take the path of violence by glorifying terrorism”.