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Kashmiri-based journalist Auqib Javid, affiliated with the local newspaper daily Kashmir Observer, was summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a case registered against Asiya Andrabi, the Chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), along with her two associates. Javid has to now appear before the NIA headquarters in New Delhi on July 15.

The summon that the journalist received was as follows, “Whereas it appears that you are acquainted with the circumstances of the case noted below, which is now under investigation by the superintendent of Police/NIA/New Delhi under chapter XII of the code of criminal procedure, you are hereby required to attend before the undersigned at Investigation Agency, headquarter in New Delhi on 15 July, 2018 at 12:30 hrs for the purpose of your examination relating to the case”. Javid has also been asked to report at the NIA head office New Delhi in connection with the
case RC- 17/2018/NIA/DLI —sedition and waging war against the Government of India
(GOI) dated April 27, 2018.

The case was registered on 27/04/2018 at NIA Police station, Delhi under sections 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 and sections 120 B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy), 121 (Waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India), 121A (Conspiracy to commit offences
punishable by section 121), 124A (Sedition), 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (Statements conducing public mischief) of Indian Penal Code.

Ironically, Auqib had earlier interviewed DeM Chief Asiya Andrabi for a local weekly magazine where Andrabi had spoken on elections, militancy, Kashmir dispute and separatist politics. On July 6, Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen were arrested by NIA from the Central Jail, Srinagar and taken to New Delhi on charges of ‘waging war against India’.


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