Kashmiri man arrested for liking and sharing “anti-India” articles on Facebook

    A Kashmiri man has been arrested in India for sharing and liking “anti-India” material on Facebook, the Indian Express reported.

    “The complaint was that Tausif Ahmad Bhat, who is from Kashmir, had commented on, liked and shared several things against India, such as ‘India Go Back’, on Facebook. One of these, for instance, was the picture of a rat being swept away by a broom,” Amresh Mishra, a senior police official said.

    Ahmad, an engineer working at a mobile phone company in Chhattisgarh, was arrested on Wednesday and booked on the charge of sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code. According to the New York Times, Mishra said the charges were based on Bhat’s Facebook posts and that Bhat “was not found to be involved in any other activity.”

    “These things are and may be normal in Kashmir, but not in this part of the country,” he said.

    More killings

    In a separate development, at least three more people have been killed and over 150 others injured in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in Indian administered Kashmir.

    The death toll has now reached 55 while authorities say that around 5, 500 people have been injured since July 8.

    The killing of Hizbul Majahideen commander Burhan Wani by Indian security forces on July 8 set off a series of protests in the valley. It is now the 28th consecutive day of curfew and protests.

    Schools, colleges, petrol pumps banks and businesses have remained closed.

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