J&K journalist booked for WhatsApp status over 2006 tragedy

Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered an FIR in opposition to a 23-year-old journalist from Bandipora city within the Valley for placing up an image of twenty-two youngsters, who had been killed 15 years in the past in a ship tragedy, as his WhatsApp status, captioning it “Walur Martyred” (the martyrs of Wular lake).

“FIR No 84/2021 lodged in police station Bandipora in opposition to one individual particularly Sajid Raina for his WhatsApp status on 30-05-2021 which attracts investigation into the contents and intention behind it,” Bandipora police tweeted on Friday.

In a subsequent tweet, the police posted, “It was not in opposition to anybody’s career significantly journalists, as is being circulated on social media. Investigations are underway.”

The journalist, Sajid Raina, who works for a Srinagar-based information company, stated he had deleted the WhatsApp status, barely an hour after posting it, after the police referred to as him.

He instructed The Sunday Categorical: “Could 30 was the fifteenth anniversary of the tragedy and I uploaded a WhatsApp status with an image of the kids. Within the night, a senior official from a safety company referred to as me. I stated there’s nothing inflammatory — I apologised and deleted my (WhatsApp) status. Solely 20 folks had seen my status by then.”

He stated, “I assumed the difficulty was over. However two days later, I learnt that an FIR had been registered in opposition to me.”
Raina, it’s learnt, has been booked below IPC Sections 153 (provocation with intent to trigger riot) and 505 (intent to trigger worry or alarm to the general public, whereby any individual could also be induced to commit an offence in opposition to the State or public tranquility).

On Could 30, 2006, a gaggle of youngsters from Burning Candle College in Handwara was on a faculty picnic to a hilltop shrine on the banks of Wular when a few of them wished to go on a ship experience within the lake. The lecturers accompanying them requested the Navy’s MARCOS for assist. A motorboat of the Navy’s MARCOS that took the kids capsized, killing 21 youngsters — all beneath the age of 10 — and a trainer.

The tragedy sparked enormous protests, with villagers accusing Navy personnel.

Then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident, which concluded that the sailor of the boat, three Navy officers and the college principal had been responsible of negligence.

In reminiscence of the kids, the Navy constructed and devoted a paediatric wing on the District Hospital in Handwara, which was inaugurated by then Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash.

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