On Wednesday, ‘Free Kashmir’ poster was spotted in Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College where students boycotted their classes to take part in a pro-JNU rally to stand in solidarity with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students. The students of JNU were attacked by a mob of masked people where 36 people were injured, and four suffered brain injuries. However, as the pictures of this pro JNU rally surfaced, a student was seen holding a ‘Free Kashmir’ poster and a video has surfaced online that shows the Stephanians shouting Azaadi slogans.
In Mumbai, there was an FIR filed against the storyteller Mehek Mirza Prabhu for raising “Free Kashmir” placard at the Gateway of India. An FIR was filed against Prabhu under section 153B at the Colaba Police Station. However, the police have not called her for a statement yet. Several people were seen supporting Prabhu on instagram and sharing her video on YouTube where she clarifies that her act was “misinterpreted” and the placard was actually meant to draw focus on the five month long internet blockade in Kashmir. She stated that there were many people holding placards for various issues like CAA, NRC and JNU violence while she was spotted with a ‘Free Kashmir’ placard. She was at the Gateway of India to raise her voice against the snapping of internet connection in Kashmir to avoid unrest after abrogation of Article 370. Curbing of communication services, she says, is an infringement of the right to speech and expression. Prabhu also stated that she is not a native of Kashmir, but a native of Maharashtra.