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Kashmir’s pro-freedom ‘piedpiper’ Sarjan Barkati detained

Religious preacher Sarjan Barkati, who has earned the sobriquets “piedpiper of Kashmir”, was detained by police on Thursday evening in Pulwama district.

An official told a local news agency that Barkati was “picked up” by police from his residence. However, the officer did not reveal the reasons behind the police action.  

Reports said that Barkati was scheduled to lead Friday congregational prayers at Budgam and he might be detained temporarily. 

Barkati was released on October 28 last year, four years after he was arrested during anti-India protests in the aftermath of the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in 2016.

Soon after his arrest, he was subsequently booked under Public Safety Act for organising anti-government rallies. 

The cleric had earned the sobriquets like “pied piper of Kashmir” during 2016 agitation for his peculiar method of sloganeering that attracted large crowds.

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