Police have booked at least eight persons under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for allegedly sloganeering at the funeral of a youth who was killed in an accident recently in Kupwara district of North Kashmir.
Officials on Wednesday said that four of the accused have been arrested already under Section 13 of the UAPA (1967) which prescribes upto seven years of imprisonment for “advocating, abetting, advising or inciting the commission of any unlawful activity”.
Sources said a youth, identified as Mohammad Amin Dar, son of Abdul Ahad Dar, a resident of Bumhama, died in a road accident during the intervening night of May 28 and 29 near his native village.
Subsequently, there was funeral for him where, as per police, anti-India slogans were raised following which a case (FIR No. 181/21) under IPC Sections of 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 147 (Punishment for rioting) besides stringent 13 ULA(P) Act was lodged in Police Station Kupwara.
Those named in the FIR, officials said, include Aabid Hussain Mir, son of Abdul Gani Mir; Qaiser Ahmad Mir, son of Farooq Ahmad Mir; Bilal Ahmad Mir, son of Farooq Ahmad Mir; Zahoor Ahmad Dar, son of Khazir Mohammad Dar; Aijaz Ahmad Ganai, son of Ghulam Rasool Ganai; Abass Ahmad Mir, son Khazir Mohammad Mir; Firdous Ahmad Bhat, son of Lal Bhat, and Fayaz Ahmad Dar, son of Mohammad Maqbool — all resident of Bumhama Kupwara.
A police officer confirmed that four out of those named in the FIR have been booked. They include Qaiser Ahmad Mir, Bilal Ahmad Mir, Zahoor Ahmad Dar and Aijaz Ahmad Ganai. (GNS)