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Updated: February 6, 2013 09:20 IST

Omar acts tough, FIR filed against tormentors of rock band

Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah:
The Hindu Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah: "The police will act tough against those involved in abusing or intimidating the music enthusiasts". File photo: Nissar Ahmad

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday the police would act tough on the "handful of morons" abusing and harassing the girl members of the Valley’s musical bands, even as the FIR was filed under IT Act against six suspects

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday the police would act tough on the “handful of morons” abusing and harassing girl members of the Valley’s musical bands, even as the first criminal case was registered under the Information Technology Act and six of the suspects were identified.

“We’ll leave no stone unturned to ensure that every one of them is identified and punished under law. I have directed my police to get tough and track whoever is involved in abusing or intimidating these music enthusiasts,” Mr. Abdullah told The Hindu. “Rest assured that the police will hold the investigation with the full amount of seriousness and take the investigation to its logical conclusion.”

Mr. Abdullah said the decision on performing or not performing would be taken only by the young artists and their families, and the State government would create an atmosphere in which they would have more than one option. “The law will take its course, and I mean it,” he asserted.

Minutes after the Chief Minister’s conversation with this correspondent, the police in Srinagar confirmed that “FIR No: 05 of 2013 dated February 4, 2013” had been registered against anonymous persons at the Rajbagh Police Station under Sections 66-A of the IT Act and 506 of the Ranbir Penal Code.

Deputy Inspector General, Central Kashmir, Syed Ahfadul Mujtaba told The Hindu that the guilty would be liable to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment. He said a team of the Cyber-Crime Cell [CCC] of the district police was assiduously holding the investigation.

Well-placed sources disclosed that at least six of the suspects were identified and the cellphones and datacards of nearly 20 suspects put under surveillance. They said the CCC team, in coordination with the BSNL and some private Internet service providers, was scanning call detail records, uploading and downloading activity on social media networks, messages and pictures posted or tagged on different Facebook walls.

The FIR will go no where during election times. Carry on with your drama.

from:  Niwaz
Posted on: Feb 7, 2013 at 18:53 IST

Glad to see a Chief Minister act as more a leader than a politician ensuring the rights and liberty of those girls instead playing safe in the name of Vote bank politics, Hats off to you Sir.

from:  Prassanna
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 10:18 IST

Arresting the online bullies is all well and good.

But a Mufti openly issues a fatwa against the girls. He most definitely
deserves some time behind bars.

Until they do that, these are all just cheap gimmicks to gain votes.

from:  Sujay
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 09:13 IST

Kudos to Mr.Omar, when we see the rest of the nation buckling under blackmailing by certain groups opposing movies, this CM has shown that a enacting the law will stop those divisive dramas.

from:  Kranti
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 08:59 IST

Why there is no action against the J&K grandmufti for making those
girls' life insecure ? IF singing is un-islamic, what about all the sufi
sangeet?

from:  Aparna C S
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 08:33 IST

Hats off, Sir!! We all hope for a widespread change in the cultural
outlook of our people... Many bold decisions like this be steps forward
in the journey!

from:  Amith PK
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 08:22 IST

Free Speech is a Jewel ! We all should protect it and defend it with
iron fists !

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 08:08 IST

This is all well and good. What is the governmenbt going to do about the grand mufti and his declarations and fatwa? Who makes the law and who enforces it? Is it the government or the religious hierarchy? That is the question.

from:  K.V. Nagarajan
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 08:01 IST

The fatwa is the root cause. What is to be done about grandmufti Bashir and other
religious leaders who issue fatwas that ultimately lead to violence against ordinary
citizens? Is he not responsible? Ban fatwas--they have no place in a secular,
democratic country.

from:  Anushka
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 07:39 IST

Kudos to Honorable Omar Abdullah for his bold and right decision.

from:  Som Karamchetty
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 07:34 IST

Thank you, Mr. Abdullah!

from:  Vinci
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 05:33 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir CM should be lauded for hsi action against the persons who were preventing the girl members of musical bands from performing under threats etc.The Grand Mufti of J&K who considers singing as Un-Islamic,is trying to impose his own Law and ban on singers in the Valley.It is High Time these rabid Clerics are reined in and made to understand that they cannot impose their brand of Sharia.




from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 03:33 IST

Good work Omar. Show other politicians how to act in those circumstances.

from:  suneel
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013 at 02:13 IST
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