Sarjan Barkati’s family in dire straits without him

Sarjan Barkati’s family in dire straits without him

REBAN (Shopian): Sarjan Barkati, whose slogans pulled massive crowds to pro-freedom rallies during the 2016 summer uprising, has been languishing in jail for the past one year and his poor wife, who has two little children to take care of, is fighting a lonely, dispiriting battle in courts for his release. Shabroza Barkati told Kashmir […]

Barkati’s family ‘forgotten by everybody’

Barkati’s family ‘forgotten by everybody’

SHOPIAN: The family of Sarjan Barkati, the popular sloganeer of the freedom movement, has told Kashmir Reader that police are keeping Barkati in jail on new charges after the High Court quashed his detention order issued under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Shabroza, Barkati’s wife, said that her husband was recently brought to the court […]

Sarjan Barkati released, re-arrested by police

Sarjan Barkati released, re-arrested by police

SRINAGAR: Sarjan Ahmad Wagay alias Sarjan Barkati, a charismatic crowd puller from south Kashmir, was rearrested soon after a court in Shopian released him. A local news gathering agency reported that Shopian District Court released Barkati on bail but police rearrested him immediately. Barkati was even emulated by opposition members in state’s upper house to […]

‘Freedom chacha’ shifted to Central Jail

‘Freedom chacha’ shifted to Central Jail

Srinagar: Days after the high court quashed his detention under draconian law Public Safety Act, pro-freedom activist and key mobiliser during last year’s uprising Sarjan Barkati was shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar. After the court orders, he was lodged at Shopian police station. Police have said that there are a number of FIRs against Barkati […]

Dukhtaran flays Barkati’s re-arrest

Dukhtaran flays Barkati’s re-arrest

SRINAGAR: Condemning the re-arrest of Sarjan Barkati after his PSA was quashed by a court, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Thursday termed it “height of suppression”. In a statement issued here, DeM secretary general Nahida Nasreen said, “While court had quashed his (Barkati’s) PSA, police arrested him again, which is highly condemnable.” Barkati was arrested on October […]

Barkati’s family suffers punishment for his revolutionary rhymes

Barkati’s family suffers punishment for his revolutionary rhymes

Srinagar: The slogans and rhymes of Sarjan Barkati may have resounded in the J&K Assembly, but the legislators forget that Barkati and his family continue to suffer on account of the same rhythmic resistance songs which he sang at pro-freedom rallies in south Kashmir. Earning for him the sobriquet of Freedom Chacha of Kashmir, Barkati’s […]