A former member of the banned Jammu & Kashmir Islamic Jihad (JKIJ) has been charged with “inciting sectarian violence” and “provoking communal riots” following a violent riot in the city of Jammu on January 12.
Kasundhar Raman, 35, was arrested on January 15 after he allegedly attacked people of J&K, who were protesting at the site of a religious procession, in the heart of the city.
He was later transferred to J&G’s police station where he is currently being held in custody pending trial.
“Kasunder has been accused of inciting sectarian violence and provoking communal riots.
He has also been charged under section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” a spokesperson for the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is investigating the riot, told Vice News.
Raman was arrested for allegedly participating in an attack on a police station in Kashmir on January 11 and allegedly committing the same on January 13.
His detention is being sought under Section 295-B of the ICCPR, which is an offence under which a person who “provokes or authorises the commission of a serious offence against the public peace, order or decency, including by violence or any threat thereof” is punishable by imprisonment for a term of seven years or less.
On January 13, a group of people were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr in the village of Shahpur near the site where Raman allegedly assaulted and injured the protesters.
The group later attacked the police station, which was later closed down by police.
“He has also incited sectarian violence in J&KS.
He is being detained under Section 505 of the POCSO Act, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment,” the spokesperson added.
The SIT is investigating his alleged involvement in the January 11 incident and the subsequent attack on the police.
According to a recent report by a local journalist, “a group of men from the J&KR region of the valley have been living under the protection of an ISIS-inspired terror outfit since the summer of 2016.”
On November 1, 2017, two men allegedly killed a young woman, Sajid Javed, while he was celebrating Eid with his family in Srinagar.
Javed was a member of a minority religious sect that is known for its strict interpretation of Islamic law.
In December 2017, another man, Abul Kalam, was charged with the murder of an American tourist who was on holiday in Sainik.
Both cases were reportedly sparked by the killing of a woman from the minority sect by a Sunni Muslim.
“The murder of Javed by a member from the Hizbul Mujahideen was part of a concerted attempt by the terrorist group to destabilise the state of Kashmir,” the SIT spokesperson told Vice.
“This has been a deliberate act of terror aimed at destabilising the security of the state.”