Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has booked 10 youths in Shopian under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for taking part in a cricket tournament held in the memory of a slain militant, ThePrint reported.
Quoting unnamed officials, the report said that those booked include nine local cricketers and brother of a slain militant who organised the tournament.
Officials said the tournament was organised by Syed Tajamul Imran, brother of Syed Ruban.
Ruban was an Al Badr commander who was killed in a gunfight with government forces in Charar-e-Sharif area of Budgam on January 21 last year.
Ruban (23), a resident of Nazneenpora Shopian, had joined militancy in June 2018.
“The individual (Tajamul) had distributed some jerseys and organised the event in the memory of his brother killed in 2019. As a result of this, a massive number of people had gathered to watch the cricket tournament. As of now, 10 individuals have been booked under the UAPA,” the report quoted an officer saying on the condition of anonymity.
“Clearly the event was held with an intention to glorify insurgency here,” the officer said.
The police, however, is yet to make any arrests in the case.
Neither ThePrint‘s reporter nor Kashmir Bylines could reach Tajamul to get a comment as his phone remains switched off.
Tajamul, a student activist and coordinator of the Jammu and Kashmir People Association, had earlier issued a press statement saying that he had distributed over 100 cricket uniforms “in the loving memory” of his brother.
“I distribute these cricket uniforms as this was my brother’s favourite game. He was a talented cricketer, admired by his friends for his love for the game and [the] talent he had got,” he had said.
Tajamul had said that the Kashmiri youth has potential in every field than in any part of the world but the conflict is taking away everything they possess.
“We should encourage them lest they may fall for drugs and other social evils. Rest they are free to choose whatever field they like,” Tajamul had said.
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