January 2020 News

FIR Filed Against Mumbai Woman For Holding Free Kashmir Poster During Protest At Gateway Of India

8 January 2020
India Today
Saurabh Vaktania

Mumbai: The Mumbai police filed an FIR against Mahek Mirza Prabhu, a Mumbai-based storyteller and performer, for holding Free Kashmir placard during a protest at Gateway of India on Monday. The FIR is filed at Colaba police station. India Today Aajtak has access to exclusive information that the FIR is filed under Section 153b. Mahek Mirza Prabhu has not been called for a statement yet. 'We have filed case against Mahek Mirza Prabhu under Section 153b (Imputation, assertions prejudicial to national interest) under IPC. We have not yet called her for statement. We are trying to get in touch with her, when needed we will call her for statement,' a police source said. The officer added they are also going through CCTV footage and other video evidences to get more details. Mahek Mirza Prabhu held a poster that read Free Kashmir during a protest at Gateway of India on Monday evening. The BJP had strongly objected to the poster and demanded immediate inquiry in the matter. BJP even blamed the current ruling government of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress for the same. Defending Mahek, Shiv Sena's leader Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut had said that the woman may have asked for freedom from internet and mobile shutdown in the Valley for the last several months. As the matter escalated, Mahek Mirza Prabhu released a video message in which she said the placard was only to protest against the lockdown in Kashmir and added that there was no other motive behind her actions.