SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday arrested Fahad Shah, editor of Kashmir Walla, for anti-national activities and he has been remanded to police custody.
Fahad Shah is the editor of Kashmir Walla and has been very vocal against the security forces. Recently his portal reported that in Pulwama encounter in which four terrorists were killed, one among was a teenager and innocent. He reported that Inayat, one of the terrorists, was abducted and later killed in a staged encounter.
Police said it was reliably learnt by Pulwama Police that some Facebook users and portals have been uploading anti national content including photographs, videos and posts with criminal intention to create fear among the public and the content so uploaded can provoke the public to disturb law & order.
“It was also learnt that these Facebook users are uploading such posts which tantamount to glorifying the terrorist activities and causing dent to the image of law enforcing agencies besides causing ill-will & disaffection against the country,” police said.
“As the aforementioned activities by some of the Facebook users amounts to commission of cognizable offences by them, accordingly Pulwama Police while taking cognizance of the matter registered a case vide FIR No. 19/2022 under relevant sections of the law and initiated the investigation.”
During the course of investigation, police said one accused person identified as Fahad Shah was arrested. “The accused is on police remand. The investigation into the matter is in progress.”
In October 2018, in the wake of Me Too movement in India, Fahad Shah was accused of sexual harassment by some women in separate claims. Shah later apologized but labelled the allegations a “concerted vilification campaign”.
He launched a website called The Kashmir Walla in 2010, during the 2010 Kashmir Unrest and later turned it into an online magazine in April 2011.
Fahad Shah was questioned about the news publication’s coverage of an encounter in the Nawakadal neighbourhood of downtown Srinagar on 19 May 200. Two terrorist had been killed , and two houses were destroyed. However, he has reported that over a dozen houses were razed to the ground by the security forces.
On Saturday, the police said that Fahad Shah was “wanted” in three cases for glorifying terrorism.
“Fahad Shah is wanted in 3 cases for glorifying (militancy), spreading fake news & inciting general public for creating L&O (law and order) situations: FIR No. 70/2020 of PS Safakadal Srinagar, FIR No. 06/2021 of PS Imamsahib, Shopian & currently has been arrested in FIR No. 19/2022 of PS Pulwama,” Kashmir Zone police said in a tweet