Dehradun: Police here has booked Jawaharlal Nehru University research scholar and activist Shehla Rashid for allegedly spreading rumours on Twitter in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.
In a tweet, Rashid had said that 15 to 20 Kashmiri women students were “trapped” in a Dehradun hostel while a mob outside was demanding their expulsion. She also added that police there wasn’t able to “disperse the mob”.
However, the Uttarakhand Police claimed that Kashmiris were not trapped in a hostel.
The Dehradun Police registered an FIR against Rashid under relevant sections of the IPC, for intent to provoke breach of peace.
Rashid posted photographs of the FIR on Twitter and wrote, “The price you pay for seeking justice under a BJP government.”
Police alleged that Rashid had tried creating panic with her tweet.
“In her tweet, she claimed that Kashmiri girls were ‘trapped’ for hours and mobs outside were baying for their blood both of which were factually incorrect and aimed at disturbing peace in the area,” a leading daily quoted Senior Superintendent of Police Nivedita Kukreti as saying.
However, media reports have spoken about several Kashmiris living outside J-K as claiming they were harassed and attacked after the terrorist attack in Pulwama district.
Some Kashmiri youths in Dehradun alleged that they were harassed and asked by their landlords to vacate accommodations fearing attacks on their properties.
A Kashmiri student in a Bengaluru college arrested for allegedly hailing the Jaish terrorist while another from Dehradun was booked for allegedly sending WhatsApp messages supporting the Pulwama suicide attack.