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J-K Police examining Arundhati's speech

PTI  Srinagar, October 25, 2010
First Published: 21:21 IST(25/10/2010) | Last Updated: 21:23 IST(25/10/2010)

Jammu and Kashmir Police is looking into the controversial speech of Arundhati Roy on Jammu and Kashmir's accession to India and does not rule out taking action against the high profile writer and activist.


Highly-placed sources in the state home department said the transcript of the speech delivered yesterday at a seminar 'Wither Kashmir: Freedom or enslavement' organised by Coalition of Civil Societies (CCS) here has been handed over to the legal department for examining it.

If the legal opinion favours registering a case against the Booker prize winner, the state police would register the same, the sources said.

Roy is alleged to have questioned J and K's accession to India.

"Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is an historical fact. Even the Indian Government has accepted this" and also alleged that New Delhi became "colonizing power" soon after its independence from British rule.

This is not the first time that the writer has run into rough weather over her speeches. Earlier, her pro-Naxal write up and speeches had forced Chattisgarh Police to seriously think of booking her for waging war against the country.

On another occasion, Biswajit Mitra, a former BSP leader, had accused her of supporting naxals and demanded action against her following which Director General of Chattisgarh Police Vishwa Ranjan had asked the state legal department to give their opinion.

Roy has come under criticism for her article on naxals -- "Gandhian with guns".

The Chief of Chattisgarh Police had said in April this year, "I do not know whether Arundhati Roy has been wrongly influenced by others or she is actually a mole in the civil society. How do I know?"

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