Tweeting from her verified Twitter handle, Shehla Rashid had alleged that Indian Army was torturing people in Kashmir. (PTI File Photo)
The Delhi Police on Friday lodged a sedition FIR against Shehla Rashid for allegedly spreading ‘false information’ on Kashmir via Twitter. After abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Rashid had tweeted about ‘atrocities’ in Valley. Tweeting from her verified Twitter handle, the political activist had alleged that that ‘(1) army is entering house of people of Kashmir at night; (2)Picking boys (for illegal detention); (3) ransacking houses; (4) spilling ration on the floor; (5)mixing oil with rice; (6) In Sophian Four Kashmiri were called at army camp and were tortured and a mike was kept close to the table so that entire area could hear their scream.’ The Indian Army had categorically denied all the allegations.
Rashid has maintained that she stands by her comments about alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and will give proof if the Indian Army initiates an inquiry into her claims. When asked about evidence for her controversial claims, which drew sharp reactions from the Indian Army, Shehla Rashid said, "I will give the evidence when the Indian Army constitutes an inquiry. I have given you my statement. Has the Army initiated any inquiry?" "All I have said is based on authentic conversations with people who have come from Kashmir and have absolutely no reason to lie. I have given a lot of statements not just one. People are running out of LPG cylinders, cooking gas in Kashmir," she said.
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The former Vice President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union said if the Army initiates an inquiry, she will depose before them and "will give them the particulars of the incidents... where they have happened".
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"Let them initiate an inquiry and if what I am saying is found to be true, then the Indian Army should given an assurance that the guilty will be punished," she said.
Putting an end to all wild speculations and online and offline rumours, the Narendra Modi government on August 5 revoked the Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also proposed the bifurcation of the state. The third key takeaway of the big announcement was the scrapping of Article 35A, which empowered Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents. The Monday’s big announcements will have far reaching effects on the ground.