Three arrests so far for abusing Jammu and Kashmir's all-girl rock band

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 07, 2013 05:50 hrs

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested three people in connection with the online abuses and threats to the first all-girl rock band of the Valley.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had come out in full support of the Valley's first all-girl rock band 'Pragaash' who stopped live shows following threats and criticism. He had also promised strict action against people involved in threatening the members of the band.

The police arrested Irshad Ahmad Chara of Batmaloo on Wednesday night. Tariq Khan was apprehended from Bijbehara and Rameez Shah was arrested from Ganderbal, according to the sources.

The Police is tracking down the Internet Protocol addresses of the 26 users whose comments on the band's Facebook page were found abusive.

Earlier, a member of the band on Tuesday said that though they are feeling bad but will not sing in future.

"We have mutually agreed to call it quits because of the people of Kashmir and our Grand Mufti sahib. He is Islamic scholar and he might be right suggesting us not to sing, we respect him," said one of the three band members.

Asked whether they are afraid after the fatwa, the teenage girl said that they are neither afraid nor required any security from state government.

"I started singing when I was fourteen, now I am feeling a little bad but will not sing in future. We would like to thank the media and the people who have come in our support," said the girl.

The band named 'Pragaash' (morning light) on Monday, decided to call it quits in the wake of a 'fatwa' issued by Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad terming singing as un-islamic and obscene. (ANI)

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