Bengaluru student jailed for five years for Facebook post on Pulwama attack

Lethpora Pulwama attack. [FPK File Photo]

Bengaluru: A special court in Bengaluru has jailed an engineering student for five years for over alleged derogatory Facebook post about the Pulwama attack.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) said on Monday that the resident of Kacharaknahalli in Bengaluru Faiz Rasheed has been in jail since his arrest in February 2019 after his bail applications were rejected, ANI reported.

Faiz Rasheed, who was a third-semester engineering student, was arrested over his February 14, 2019, Facebook posts that allegedly celebrated the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force

(CRPF) jawans in an attack in Jammu and Kashmir, the news report said.

The report said the student’s phone was seized and police got it investigated by a forensic science lab.

The chargesheet has been filed under Indian Penal Code sections (IPC) 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion), 124A (sedition) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The attack on the CRPF convoy took place in Lethpora area oif Pulwama district in south Kashmir on February 14, 2019, in which 40 personnel died.

A suicide bomber had rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus. The convoy had 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.

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