Sarjan Barkati aka ‘Azadi Chacha’ Continues to Remain in Detention

Video By: Sajad Shah | Text By: Sajad Rasool

Sarjan Barkati came to light during the 2016 Kashmir unrest. An Imam from Shopian district of Kashmir, Barkati is often called as ‘Pied piper of Kashmir’ or ‘Azadi Chacha’ due to his unique way of sloganeering during anti India and pro freedom protest rallies. He was detained under Public Safety Act by the state in October 2016. In January this year, J&K High Court put a stay on his PSA detention, but he still continues to remain detained.

His speeches and sloganeering became viral on social media during the unrest and was later arrested in Anantnag (Islamabad). Barkati is also said to be a leader of a religious organization Ummat’e Islami. Our CC Sajad Shah visited Barkati’s family and this is what his family has to say.

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