#PulwamaAttack: AMU student booked for tweeting, 'How's the Jaish'
An FIR has been registered against a student of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for his tweet supporting terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) while the nation mourned for the 40 CRPF jawans who were martyred in the attack in Pulwama. The student, Basim Hilal, had posted the tweet shortly after news surfaced about the car bomb attack on the CRPF convoy. Here are the details.
Soon after the news of the dastardly attack surfaced, Hilal, who is a mathematics student at AMU, took to Twitter, and posted, "How's the Jaish? Great Sir." Hilal's tweet was a twisted take on a line from the recently-released movie Uri: The Surgical Strike, where Vicky Kaushal, playing an Indian Army officer who led the strikes, asks his forces, "How's the josh?".
After Hilal posted the distasteful tweet, Twitterati came down heavily on the maths student. Although he deleted his tweet shortly afterwards, Hilal's Twitter account was suspended by the micro-blogging website. Further, he was also suspended by the university authorities for making the vile comment and celebrating the attack on Indian soldiers.
On Thursday, a CRPF convoy of 70 vehicles heading towards Srinagar came under attack in the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Despite the highway being well-guarded, an SUV laden with 350kg of explosives managed to ram into the convoy, triggering a massive blast. The blast reduced one bus to smithereens, and left several vehicles in the convoy severely damaged, making rescue efforts difficult. 40 jawans were martyred.
The responsibility for the attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and US experts have said that Pakistan intelligence agency ISI could have had a hand in the attack. Responding to the attack, India has withdrawn the 'Most Favored Nation' status it had accorded to Pakistan in 1996. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised that Pakistan "will have to pay".
Following the attack, Russia condemned the attack, and the US called on Pakistan to stop supporting terror groups. While France strongly condemned the "heinous attack", Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised to work with India to end the "menace of terrorism". Germany put forth its condolences and condemned the attack, as did Canada, Israel, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and the Czech Republic, to name a few.