Who posted Shiv Sena’s banners in Islamabad?
Islamabad (TP) August 7: In an unusual episode, some unidentified persons posted banners in Islamabad’s Red Zone with a message of India’s extremist Hindu organization Shiv Sena.
These banner posters, before they were taken off by the Islamabad police, had popped up in various areas of Islamabad including in the Red Zone.
According to a report in the BBC Urdu, the banners had the message of the leader of India’s extremist Hindu organization Shiv Sena.
— BBC News اردو (@BBCUrdu) August 6, 2019
The banners were posted after the Indian government issued a presidential decree changing the constitutional status of Indian-held Kashmir.
The banners had Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Rawat’s statement written on them which said: “Today Jammu and Kashmir have been taken, Balochistan tomorrow and I am confident that the prime minister will fulfil India’s dream of Akhand Bharat.”
According to Secretariat Police Inspector Asjad Muhammed, the banners were not only placed within the boundaries of their police station but also were placed in the jurisdiction of two other police stations including the Kohsar police station.
He told the BBC Urdu that after receiving the information, the policemen took down the banners.
While some local journalists were taking pictures of these banners, policemen stopped them from doing so.
According to reporter Shahzad Malik, the police have also arrested some persons and they have been shifted to an undisclosed location for an investigation.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat said that the district administration would soon issue a press note on it.
Islamabad police have sealed the FIRs registered against the accused who had placed the banners.
According to the Secretariat Police Station House Officer, a record of CCTV cameras installed at nearby buildings near a five-star hotel located in the Red Zone had been obtained which will help the police in arresting the accused persons.
It should be noted that the areas, where these banners had popped up, are not far away from the headquarters of the civilian intelligence agency, the IB and the military intelligence agency, the ISI.
When contacted, CDA officials said that they had neither given permission nor had anyone sought permission for such banners.
Section 144 is enforced in Islamabad under which banners of any kind are banned.