Abdul Aala Fazili was arrested for his article titled “The Chains of Slavery Will Break”

Abdul Aala Fazili was arrested for his article titled “The Chains of Slavery Will Break”

The Jammu and Kashmir State Investigation Agency (SIA) on Sunday arrested a University of Kashmir doctoral student for a “highly provocative and seditious” article in an online magazine, an official said.

Abdul Aala Fazili was arrested at his residence in Humhama as the SIA carried out searches at several locations in the city as part of its crackdown on terrorism and anti-national networks, the official said.

The SIA, charged with investigating and prosecuting terrorism-related cases, carried out the searches under an FIR registered under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the IPC against Fazili and the editor and other associates of monthly digital magazine “The Kashmir Walla,” the official said.

The official said the searches were carried out at the office of “The Kashmir Walla” in Rajbagh and at Fazili’s residences in Humhama and arrested editor Fahad Shah in Soura.

“Search teams seized incriminating evidence, including material from computers, laptops and other digital equipment,” the official said.

The official said Fazili’s article, titled “The Chains of Slavery Will Break”, is “very provocative, seditious and intended to create trouble in Jammu and Kashmir, and written with the aim of inciting young people to take the path of violence by glorifying terrorism”. It also “promoted and propagated the false narrative, which is essential to sustain the secessionist-terrorist campaign to smash the territorial integrity of India.” “The article used prescriptive language with pedagogical intent, encouraging secessionist elements to carry out terrorist activities,” the official said.

The official said the repeated reference to the rhetoric of freedom and terror groups makes it clear that the article is not just propaganda. “Rather, it is the articulation of the Pakistani ISI and the vision of its sponsored terrorist secessionist networks.” The official said that the central government has paid Fazili ₹30,000 per month for five years until March 2021 through Maulana Azad National Scholarship so that he can support himself and complete his PhD at the Department of university pharmaceutical sciences.