Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir Walla’s interim editor summoned by JK Police

Yashraj Sharma

Srinagar: Yashraj Sharma, interim editor of The Kashmir Walla, was summoned by the State Investigation Agency (SIA) for questioning about an article published in the online magazine in 2011, The Wire reported.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police counter-intelligence wing has asked the journalist to come to the Joint Interrogation Centre in Jammu by Thursday, the report said.

Pertinently, the Kashmir Walla Editor-in-Chief Fahad Shah is already in the custody of the State Investigation Agency in connection with the article that authorities claim is “highly provocative and seditious”.

According to the police, the article was written by research scholar Abdul Aala Fazili, who was arrested on April 17.

As per the report, Sharma, a resident of Rajasthan, was 12 years old when the article was published. He joined the magazine in 2018.

“Abdul Aala Fazili’s article, ‘The shackles of slavery will break’, is 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,” the police had said in a statement in April.

The article promoted a “false narrative” to sustain a “secessionist and terrorist campaign aimed at breaking India’s territorial integrity”, the statement alleged.


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