Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday granted bail to two persons, one of them Jama’at-e-Islami advocate Zahid Ali, arrested by police more than fifty days ago for allegedly raising slogans to provoke youth to join militant ranks in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.
According to prosecution, the police station D. H. Pora, Kulgam on August 2 came to know from a reliable source that the Zahid Ali and Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, alongwith others, raised “unwarranted slogans, with the object to induce the youth of the adjoining areas to indulge in rioting and join the militant ranks to accomplish the ultimate aim of seceding the State of Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India.”
On this information, a case for offences under Section 153 RPC and Section 13 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, bearing FIR No. 69/2017, was registered at the Police Station D. H. Pora and investigation taken up. Both Zahid and Farooq were arrested on 04.08.2017 and during the course of the investigation of the case, they moved an application for bail before the Court of the Principal, District and Sessions Judge Kulgam, who rejected the same.
Subsequently, they filed two applications before the high court and a single bench of Justice M K Hanjura after hearing their counsel granted them bail on furnishing bail bond and surety of Rs 6000 each subject to the condition that they will join the investigation as and when required by the police and that they will not tamper with the evidence or hamper the investigation of the case in any manner.
“A copy of this order shall be sent to the learned Principal District and Sessions Judge, Kulgam, for information and compliance,” the court said.


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