May 20, 2021
Earlier, in Kashmir, police held an artist for three days after he painted a mural in support of Palestine. A religious leader is still in jail after he offered a supplication for the victims of Israeli bombings
NEW DELHI — Police in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, have arrested a Muslim social media activist for appealing people to hoist flag of Palestine on their houses and vehicles to show solidarity with the people of Gaza who are facing a violent onslaught of Israel for the last ten days.
Yasir Akhtar who operates a Facebook page by the name of Saraimeer Express had, according to police, written a post on his page asking people to hoist flags on their houses and vehicles after the Friday congregational prayers.
The police booked Akhtar invoking 505 (2) (publishing or circulating any statement to cause fear or alarm to the public) under FIR 73/21.
Police issued a statement on Thursday saying that the case was filed at Saraimeer Police station on the instructions of the Superintendent of Police Azamgarh, Sudhir Kumar Singh.
According to Police Akhtar, is a resident of North Chudihar town, Azamgarh
As the situation in Palestine continues to be tense with Israel bombarding localities relentlessly, people around the world have come out in solidarity of Palestinians. Muslims in India are also expressing their outrage over violence by Israel.
Earlier, in Kashmir, police held an artist for three days after he painted a mural in support of Palestine. A well-known religious leader is still in jail after he offered a supplication for the victims of Israeli bombardments in Gaza.
Hindutva right-wing voices have come out in open support of Israel even as India has voted in support of Palestine in the United Nations.