J&K activist arrested after his ‘outsiders’ remark upsets officer

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GANDERBAL: A political activist has been arrested after he told an advisor of the Lt governor that he has hopes from a Kashmiri official like him rather than bureaucrats from outside, remarks which offended the Ganderbal deputy commissioner who is an IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh.
After being arrested under Section 153 (promoting enmity between different groups) of the IPC, Sajad Sofi (50), a resident of Ganderbal, was granted bail by a court. However, he was kept under preventive detention for allegedly being a “threat to peace”.
CPM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Tuesday termed Sofi’s arrest “unwarranted” and “a brazen violation of fundamental rights”.
Sofi made the remarks at a ‘Janta Darbar’ of LG advisor Baseer Khan at Mansbal on June 10. He said, “I can have expectations from you because you are a Kashmiri and you can understand us. I can grab you by the collar and seek answers. But what expectations can I have from officers who are outsiders?”
This comment did not go down well with Ganderbal deputy commissioner Krittika Jyotsna. She stood up from her seat and “strongly objected” to Sofi’s comments.


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