2 more Kashmiri students arrested in Himachal over Facebook posts

The students detained on Saturday were placed under arrest after investigation; their Facebook posts glorified Pulwama attack

2 more Kashmiri students arrested in Himachal over Facebook posts

People in large numbers protest against 14 Feb Pulwama militant attack in which 49 CRPF soldiers were killed in Jaipur on Feb 16, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

After the arrest of a Kashmiri student studying in a private university in Himachal Pradesh, two more Kashmiri students were arrested by the police on Monday for posting Facebook posts allegedly glorifying the militants. The two were students of Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, Solan Superintendent of Police Madhu Sudan confirmed this.

The Kashmiri students identified as Pirzada Tabish (22) and Aakib Usul (19) were detained on Saturday and were placed under arrest after investigation.

The SP however did not reveal the nature of the  Facebook posts for which the two were booked by the police.


A case under Section 153-B of the IPC has been registered against the students, and they were booked on the complaint of a fellow student of the university.

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Sources said the police had seized laptops and mobile phones of the duo and found out that they had posted several messages in support of the terror attack, besides other anti-India comments on social media.

On Saturday, the police arrested a student of a private university located in Barotiwala area of Baddi police district for allegedly glorifying the attacker of Pulwama blast in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Tahseen Gul (21), the Kashmiri student pursuing a B.Tech course from the university, was handed out suspension.

His social media post had glorified Aadil Ahmed Dar, the attacker in the Pulwama blast.

Baddi Superintendent of Police Rohit Malpani said Gul was arrested after a case was filed by the dean of the university. A local court remanded him in judicial custody till 28 February. Gul was booked under Section 153-B of the IPC for allegedly imputing and making assertions prejudicial to national integrity.

Gul’s Facebook post on Friday had led to tension in the university, with hundreds of students gathering outside hostel where Gul and other Kashmiri students lived and demanding their immediate arrest.

The dean filed a police complaint on Saturday morning and six students along with Gul were detained. The Baddi police quizzed Gul and five others, after which they arrested Gul and let off the others.

The police also seized Gul’s mobile phone and laptop.

Though Gul had reportedly deleted the posts and tendered an apology to the university, the authorities said in their report they had found out that he had glorified such a militant in January too.

In his earlier post, Gul had mentioned militant Shakoor Parray, who was killed in an encounter with the security forces on 5 January.