Muslim engineering student gets 5-year jail in Karnataka for Pulwama attack posts


In yet another step towards bidding adieu to freedom of speech in India under Modi, a special court in Bengaluru, Karnataka, has jailed a Muslim engineering student for five years over alleged derogatory Facebook posts about the Pulwama attack, police said.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) said 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.

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 Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

His 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, 124A (sedition) and 201 and section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The attack on the CRPF convoy took place in Pulwama district on February 14, 2019, in which 40 personnel had died.—KMS


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