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Lawyers booked over poster row

Published : Feb 22, 2018, 1:35 am IST
Updated : Feb 22, 2018, 1:35 am IST

The case has been registered under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act at Srinagar’s Batamaloo police station.

Afzal Guru (Photo: PTI/File)
 Afzal Guru (Photo: PTI/File)

SRINAGAR: The Srinagar police has booked unnamed lawyers for challenging the sovereignty of India after posters seeking to compare Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru and co-founder of Jammu Kashmir Natio-nal Liberation Front (JKNLF) Muhammad Maqbool Butt with Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Cha-ndrashekhar Azad appea-red at a court premises here earlier this month.

The case has been registered under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act at Srinagar’s Batamaloo police station, the police sources said. Under this section, a person who advocates, abets, advises or incites the commission of any unlawful activity can be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven yea-rs, and shall also be liable to fine.

Both Bhat and Guru were hanged in Tihar jail on February 11, 1984, and February 91, 2013, respectively. While Guru was hanged for his role in the December 13, 2001, terror attack on Parliament, Bhat had been sentenced to death by a Srinagar court on charges of murdering an intelligence official, Amar Chand, in the Kashmir Valley way back in mid-1960s.

The police said that the lawyers had put up posters in the Saddar Court Complex in Srinagar on February 9, the fifth anniversary of Guru hanging, in which he and Bhat were hailed as “heroes of Kashmir”.

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