Shehla Rashid, a Jawaharlal Nehru University research scholar and activist, was booked by Dehradun Police on Monday for allegedly spreading rumors and fear on Twitter, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

Amid reports of Kashmiri students being harassed and assaulted in parts of the country, Shehla Rashid in a tweet, said 15 to 20 Kashmiri women students were ‘trapped’ in Dehradun hostel, while a mob of angry people standing outside demanded their expulsion.

The Uttarakhand Police dispelled all rumors in a tweet on Sunday, clarifying that the Kashmiris were not trapped in a hostel. The Dehradun Police then registered an FIR against Shehla Rashid under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, for disturbing public tranquility, and intent to provoke breach of peace.

Shehla Rashid posted photographs of the FIR on Twitter and wrote, “The price you pay for seeking justice under a BJP government.”The Dehradun Police alleged the former JNU student union leader tried creating panic among masses with her tweet. “In her tweet,Shehla Rashid claimed that Kashmiri girls were ‘trapped’ for hours and mobs outside were ‘baying for their blood’ both of which were factually incorrect and aimed at disturbing peace in the area,” said by the Senior Superintendent of Police Nivedita Kukreti

 

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