Shehla Rashid’s 10 pointer on Jammu And Kashmir’s situation invites sedition charges

In a series of tweets Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement politician Shehla Rashid described the situation in the valley and leveled allegations on the Indian army.

She claimed that the local administration and police were powerless, and everything was in the hands of the paramilitary forces. Below are the 10 pointers she tweeted:

“Some of the things that people coming from Kashmir say about the situation:

1) Movement within Srinagar and to neighbouring districts is more or less permitted. Local press is restricted.

2) Cooking gas shortage has started to set in. Gas agencies are closed.

3) Gas stations open after 7 pm. Petrol & diesel is available in the city area. On highways, filling stations are open in some places.

4) Supplies available so far. You find baby food with difficulty. People have started running out of medicines now.

5) People are missing interview notifications because of total communication blackout. I’ve personally sent people to the homes of some candidates whose interview notices have arrived. Their friends can’t download it for them, because that requires an OTP that comes via text.

6) People who had satellite TV could watch the news till now. D2H subscriptions are expiring, and the only way to recharge is from outside the state. I’ve myself recharged D2H connections for a few people.

7) Officials going to different districts to review healthcare facilities.

8) People are saying that J&K Police has no authority on law & order situation. They’ve been rendered powerless. Everything is in the hands of paramilitary forces. One SHO was transferred on complaint of a CRPF man. SHOs carrying batons. Service revolvers can’t be seen on them.

9) Armed forces are entering houses at night, picking up boys, ransacking houses, deliberately spilling rations on the floor, mixing oil with rice, etc.

10) In Shopian, 4 men were called into the Army camp and “interrogated” (tortured). A mic was kept close to them so that the entire area could hear them scream, and be terrorised. This created an environment of fear in the entire area.”

The Indian Army have however rejected Shehla Rashid’s allegations regarding situation the in Jammu and Kashmir and termed them “baseless”.

“Allegations levelled by Shehla Rashid are baseless and rejected. Such unverified and fake news are spread by inimical elements and organisations to incite unsuspecting population,” the Army stated.

Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava filed a criminal complaint against Shehla Rashid, seeking her arrest for allegedly spreading “fake news”.

The complaint also said that the Rashid had intended to excite disaffection towards the Government of India which is prima facie an offence of Sedition under Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Meanwhile, Shehla Rashid while speaking to The Wire stated that she had “detailed conversations with people about the situation there” and is willing to share “details” about the incidents she has mentioned with the Army if it were to “conduct an impartial investigation.”

Source : Various