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Israeli strikes: Kashmir artist booked under PSA, 20 arrested for pro-Palestine solidarity

An artist was booked under the controversial Public Safety Act while 20 people were arrested for participating in pro-Palestine protests in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar, reports said on Saturday.

The artist, Mudasir Gul, a resident, had allegedly painted a water tanker with pro-Palestine graffiti which had a woman’s face with a solidarity slogan.

Reports said the Padshahi Bagh resident with PSA, which allows for detention up to two years without trial.

The graffiti was immediately removed by the administration.

Meanwhile, reports said at least twenty persons have been arrested in connection with pro-Palestine protest amid corona curfew in Srinagar.

Official sources told a news agency that police have arrested these persons from several places of Srinagar.

Inspector-General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar confirmed the arrest of 20 persons in the summer capital. Kumar told the press that police was “keeping a very close watch on elements who are attempting to leverage the unfortunate situation in Palestine to disturb public peace and order in the Kashmir valley.”

“We are a professional force and are sensitive to public anguish. But J&K police has a legal responsibility to ensure law and order as well. It, however, wouldn’t allow cynical encashment of the public anger to trigger violence, lawlessness and disorder on Kashmir streets,” he said, adding, “Expressing an opinion is freedom but engineering and inciting violence on streets is unlawful.

All irresponsible social media comments that results in actual violence and breaking of law including Covid-19 protocol will attract legal action,” Kumar said.

As killings in Gaza mounted, demonstrations took place across multiple locations in Srinagar in solidarity with Palestine on Friday.

Shortly after the Friday prayers, scores of protesters took out a rally with Palestinian flags in old city’s Kawdara. In a video that went viral on social media, people have seen rasing slogans, “Falasteeniyun ke qatl e aam ko, band karo band karo, end the innocent killings in Palestine.”

A video of an elderly Kashmiri woman praying for the freedom of Palestine post-Eid-prayers also went viral on the Internet.

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