A local court in Srinagar sent Waqar H. Bhatti, arrested over twelve days ago, to a six-day judicial remand on Tuesday.

Bhatti, a socio-political activist, was arrested on 01 September after Darakshan Andrabi, who serves as Chairperson of Waqf Board, allegedly registered a complaint against him.

In a application, Andrabi has written, “With respects I request your goodself to Kindly consider my application for issuing orders to the police to register an FIR against one Waqar Batti (a known Anti- India so called activist from Poonch area presently residing in South Kashmir reportedly somewhere in Kokernag) on the following grounds,” the application reads.

It further reads as, “That while reacting to a decision of J&K Waqf Board regarding engaging degree holding Qualified Imams, Khateebs and Muazzins for Waqf Managed Shrines and Mosques (which has been hailed by majority the peace loving people of J&K), He has uploaded a very derogatory video on social media in which he has personally attacked me on religious grounds and he has presented me as, a villain working against Islam. His massages venomous and it is hurting my public repute to the immeasurable level and at the same time he is inciting people on religious grounds.”

“His video circulated wildly (with personnel character assassination and religious defamation) has hurt my image in public to an immeasurable level and his speech has created an incitation on religious grounds etc,” it reads. Subsequently, Bhatti was arrested on 01 September.

Police has said that during the course of investigation the statements of witnesses have been recorded U/S 161 CrPC and the video which was uploaded by the accused in his face book account by the name of “Wagar H Bhatti has been retrieved in a separate per drive through CCTNS operators of this Police Station in presence of other witnesses.

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