J-K Police responds to ‘Anti-India sloganeering’ controversy after ICC WC final
SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday issued a rebuttal in response to opinions and comments in the backdrop of legal cognisance taken after ‘anti-India sloganeering and intimidation’ after India lost to Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup final.
“A number of opinions and comments have been made on the legal cognisance taken of the happenings surrounding anti-India sloganeering and intimidation of others who did not agree with them in a university after the conclusion of World Cup cricket match,” wrote J&K Police, District Ganderbal on its X handle.
“Two relevant aspects are brought to public knowledge. First: It is not merely about raising pro-Pakistan slogans. It is about the full context in which the sloganeering took place. These slogans, as has usually been the case with a select few bullies, were aired to intimidate those who disagreed and also to identify and vilify those who choose to keep a distance,” it said.
“It is also about normalising an abnormal: that everyone hates India (as different from the government of the day and party in power) ‘openly’. This abnormal and false thing is practised mostly on the back of separatist and terrorist networks. In other words, the aim is not to air the personal preference of a particular sporting team. It is not about dissent or freedom of expression. It is about terrorising others who may be nourishing pro-India feelings or anti-Pakistan feelings or disagreeing. There were written complaints to evidence this,” the post reads.
It added, “The second aspect is the application of the right law. Section 13 of UAPA is about inciting, advocating and encouraging separatist ideology. It is not about planning, aiding and executing actual terror acts. It classifies such actions as unlawful. In contrast to other provisions of the act, it is a softer provision of the act.”
“Hence as per the content of the complaints, FIR №317/2023 stands registered and Section 13 of UAPA invoked for inciting and abetting the unlawful activities. Section 505 and 506 of IPC too has been invoked for ‘public mischief’ and ‘criminal intimidation’ respectively,” reads the post.
“It is pertinent to mention that the FIR is lodged on the basis of written complaints received and relevant sections are invoked as per the contents of the complaint,” concludes the post.
It is pertinent to mention here that seven students from Sher-e-Kashmir University’s Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry Department were booked by the district police under various sections.