Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmiri human rights activist Ahsan Untoo arrested

A file photo of Mohammad Ahsan Untoo.

Srinagar: Kashmiri human rights activist Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, who is also the chairman of the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Jammu and Kashmir (IFJHRJK), was arrested on Friday as police claimed he was “inciting violence through social media platforms”.

“It was reliably learned that Mohd Ahsan Untoo, son of Late Ghulam Hassan Untoo, a resident of Diver Lolab Kupwara, A/P Kursoo Rajbagh, a proactive secessionist is an active participant and speaker at Twitter spaces titled “Radio Resistance Kashmir” led by two known secessionists namely Muzammil Ayyub Thakur and Dr. Asif Dar,” a police spokesman said in a statement.

He said these “known secessionists, who are accused in several cases along with Ahsan Untoo are actively spreading hatred against the Union of India on the social media platform.”

“By spreading false propaganda, disinformation campaign and hate speech through these social media spaces, Ahsan Untoo is not only threatening to disturb the prevailing peaceful atmosphere of UT of J&K but spreads disaffection, ill-will and disharmony against the Union of India,” the spokesman said, adding, “He is also actively spreading the terrorist secessionist agenda and is thus inciting youth to resort to violence and indulge in unlawful activities.”

The activities by Ahsan Untoo, he said, “amounts to commission of the cognizable offense by him.” “Accordingly Srinagar Police while taking the cognizance matter registered a case against him under relevant sections of the law,” the spokesman said, adding, “The investigation into the matter has been initiated and accused has been arrested who is on Police remand.  Further action under law shall follow.”


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