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Kashmir rights activist arrested, police claim he was inciting violence against India

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday arrested human rights activist Mohammad Ahsan Untoo for allegedly inciting violence through social media platforms.

Untoo, a resident of Kupwara district, is chairman of the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Jammu and Kashmir.

A police spokesman said, “It was reliably learned that Mohd Ahsan Untoo…a proactive secessionist, is an active participant and speaker at Twitter spaces, titled ‘Radio Resistance Kashmir’, led by two known secessionists Muzammil Ayyub Thakur and Dr. Asif Dar.”

He said Thakur and Dar who are accused in several cases along with Untoo were actively spreading hatred against the Union of India on social media platforms.

By spreading false propaganda, disinformation campaign, and hate speech through these social media spaces, Untoo is not only threatening to disturb the prevailing peaceful atmosphere, but also spreading disaffection, ill-will, and disharmony against the Union of India, the spokesman said.

He said Untoo is also actively spreading the secessionist agenda and is thus inciting the youth to resort to violence and indulge in unlawful activities.

“As the aforementioned activities by Untoo amount to commission of a cognizable offense by him, accordingly Srinagar Police…registered a case against him under relevant sections of the law,” he said.

The spokesman said the investigation into the matter has been initiated and the accused has been arrested and is on police remand.

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