The activist had claimed that in Shopian, 4 men were called into the Army camp and tortured. A mic was kept close to them so that the entire area could hear them scream and be terrorised.
Salman Nizami, the Congress leader from Kashmir, had called out activist Shehla Rashid on August 19, after her allegations against Indian troops deputed in Jammu and Kashmir caused quite a stir on the internet.
He slammed the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement leader for spreading “fake news” against the Indian government and of Army excesses in the Valley in a series of tweets. She had claimed that she had learnt from her sources about Army personnel picking up Kashmiri youth randomly and torturing them.Defending the actions of the Indian Army to contain disruptive forces in the Valley, Nizami tweeted: “Some stone pelters and separatists were arrested. This is common in Kashmir whenever there is violence like situation. I have confirmed from locals and journalists that no such incident of Indian Army men torturing the youth in the open to terrorise the people has taken place. Kindly do not spread fake news for political gains!”
Some stone pelters & separatists wre arrested. Thz is common in Kashmir whenevr thre is violence like situation. I hve confirmed from locals & journalists no such incident of Army torturing youth in open to terrorise the people. Kindly don't spread fake news for political gains!
— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) August 19, 2019
Shehla Rashid had tweeted on August 18 that local press has been restricted in Jammu and Kashmir and that a shortage of cooking gas has also started to set in. She further alleged that the local police force has been rendered powerless vis-à-vis authority on law and order situation, claiming that the paramilitary forces are handling everything.
8) People are saying that J&K Police has no authority on law & order situation. They've been rendered powerless. Everything is in the hands of paramilitary forces. One SHO was transferred on complaint of a CRPF man. SHOs carrying batons. Service revolvers can't be seen on them.
— Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) August 18, 2019
10) In Shopian, 4 men were called into the Army camp and "interrogated" (tortured). A mic was kept close to them so that the entire area could hear them scream, and be terrorised. This created an environment of fear in the entire area.— Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) August 18, 2019
The Indian Army, however, has rejected all the allegations, calling them “baseless”. “Such unverified and fake news is spread by inimical elements and organisations to incite unsuspecting population,” the Army stated.Moreover, a criminal complaint was also filed against Rashid by Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava for “deliberately spreading fake news”.The Great Diwali Discount!
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