Hours after bail, J&K journalist Fahad Shah arrested for the third time

Hours after getting bail from a Shopian court docket and days after securing bail from a particular court docket, journalist Fahad Shah was arrested for the third time in a month Saturday night. The latest arrest, by the Srinagar police, is in reference to a case pertaining to his journal’s reporting of an encounter within the metropolis in Might 2020.

As per a press release from the journal, whereas granting bail to Fahad, Shopian Justice of the Peace Sayeem Qayoom famous: “In a barbaric society you possibly can hardly ask for bail, in a civilized society you possibly can hardly refuse it. In different phrases, ‘bail is a rule and its refusal is an exception’.”

Shah, the Editor-in-chief of the net information journal, ‘thekashmirwalla’, was arrested on February 4 this 12 months by the Pulwama police. He was granted bail by a particular court docket underneath the NIA Act after 22 days in custody, on February 26. Subsequently, he was arrested by the Shopian police and was granted bail on Saturday.

Presently, he’s lodged on the Safakadal police station at Srinagar and his lawyer is ready to maneuver bail once more.

In a press release, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had famous that journalist Fahad Shah was wished in three circumstances for “glorifying terrorism, spreading pretend information & inciting common public for creating legislation and order (L&O) conditions.”

The 33-year-old was arrested for social media posts “tantamount to glorifying the terrorist actions and inflicting dent to the picture of legislation implementing companies in addition to inflicting ill-will & disaffection in opposition to the nation.”

The arrest in Shopian, on the heels of his first bail, got here in a case filed by the Military in opposition to two information portals together with ‘thekashmirwalla’ underneath Sections 153 (provocation with intent to trigger riot) and 505 (statements conducive to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code in January final 12 months. This got here after a report revealed within the journal, alleging a neighborhood military unit “of forcing an Islamic seminary college to carry Republic Day celebrations on January 26” in Shopian.

In the meantime, a 3rd FIR was filed in Pulwama police station after Shah’s journal revealed a narrative quoting relations of one of many deceased militants denying police claims. The police had contested the claims made within the report.

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