Srinagar: A day after a Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah was arrested, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said that the editor-in-chief of online news magazine Kashmir Walla was “wanted” in three cases for “glorifying” militancy and spreading “fake” news.
“Fahad Shah is wanted in 3 cases for glorifying (militancy), spreading fake news & inciting general public for creating L&O (law and order) situations: FIR No. 70/2020 of PS Safakadal Srinagar, FIR No. 06/2021 of PS Imamsahib, Shopian & currently has been arrested in FIR No. 19/2022 of PS Pulwama,” police said in a tweet.
The journalist was arrested on Friday as police in a statement had said, “It was reliably learnt by Pulwama Police that some Facebook users and portals have been uploading anti-national content including photographs, videos and posts with criminal intention to create fear among the public and the content so uploaded can provoke the public to disturb law and order”.
“It was also learnt that these Facebook users are uploading such posts which tantamount to glorifying the militant activities and causing dent to the image of law enforcing agencies besides causing ill-will and disaffection against the country,” the police statement said.
The statement added, “As the aforementioned activities by some of the Facebook users amounts to the commission of cognizable offences by them, accordingly Pulwama Police while taking cognizance of the matter registered a case under number 19/2022 under relevant sections of the law and initiated the investigation”.
“During the course of the investigation, one accused person identified as Fahad Shah was arrested. The accused is on police remand. The investigation into the matter is in progress,” the statement mentioned.